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Chairman: Sheriff Thought He Was Above the Law

The AP via YellowBrix

January 06, 2010

GALLATIN COUNTY, IL – Federal charges that the longtime sheriff of Gallatin County in southern Illinois sold marijuana while in uniform seemed odd enough to county board chairman Randy Drone. But new allegations the sheriff plotted from jail to have someone killed made the case even stranger.

“Is it greed? Ignorance? I don’t know,” Drone said Tuesday before Sheriff Raymond Martin’s first court appearance with his wife and 20-year-old son, who also are charged in the murder-for-hire scheme. "Arrogance — maybe that’s it. Thinking he’s so above the law he could actually get away with this.


“But getting rearrested while still in jail? That’s something.”

Authorities arrested Martin on the latest charges Saturday in Murphysboro, where he has spent much of his time since May, when he was hauled away in handcuffs from his office 60 miles away.

His 36-year-old wife, Christina Martin, and son Cody Martin also were arrested Saturday when they came to visit him at the Jackson County jail.

The three participated in Tuesday’s brief court hearing by closed-circuit television from the jail. A judge declined Raymond Martin’s request for a public defender, deciding the family’s $80,000-a-year household income could cover an attorney.

Christina Martin’s attorney, Paul Christenson, waved off reporters’ questions afterward, saying he hadn’t yet seen any of the police files. Cody Martin was granted a public defender.

Each remains jailed on $1 million bond, scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 26. The most serious of the charges against them carries up to 40 years in prison.

Court records don’t say who the three plotted to kill, and no indication was given in court. Michael Wepsiec, the state’s attorney in Jackson County, who is handling the case, refused to discuss the matter. A Jackson County sheriff’s spokesman declined to comment, and a message left with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in southern Illinois was not immediately returned.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Its dipS*%ts like this that tarnish the badge. It erodes the public confidence that we strive so hard to work for. He deserves an exceptional sentence when found guilty and his pension should be forfeited to a charity ie American Red Cross.

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I agree fisherda and go anlong with Vigilant101 as well......

  • World_trade_center_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Has anyone ever heard that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutley? This is what we have here someone of power who thought they were above the law. It is sad to think that someone of public trust would act in such a way. bsybee i see your point of view but I agree with the judge on this one. I'm sure that this guy isn't hurting for money no telling how long this guy has been dealing drugs and what assets he has that isn't disclosed. Just sad, there are a lot of good cops out there and just takes one to ruin it for the rest of us.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    In my opinion the judge just made the loop hole for the Defendant, since he disallowed them to have a public Defendant. Since the sold Marijuana, and being tried for this among other things, there belongs now belong to the department and state. Therefore they have no money, Which put a loop hole and violated their Constitutional Rights. Judge knew what he did. In my opinion No man is above the law what is wrong is wrong should be tried as such. Including anyone who helps after in jail..

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I agree fully with Vigilant101, he has the best attitude imho. The only thing tarnshied by this rotten family is the family itself. Good riddance.

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Every business/corporation/association/religion ha people who misrepresent them, but unfortunately the policing community gets it held against them. It's sad that such idiotic and greedy people have to misrepresent the rest of the good people. I hope he gets what he deserves.

  • 2002_chevy_toolbox_090_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Ummmmm......Seems to be more of these lately

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Just another rogue. No surprise here! They're out there, but that doesn't take away from the MAJORITY who are GOOD COPS and enforece the law and not their brands of law. Thanks to all who are sworn to do the job with GUSTO!!!****

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    What the heck is happening to these people's morals and ethics?

  • Troublewithtribbles_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rotten through and through...let justice prevail and take it to the max.

  • Chris_and_i_in_uniform_max50


    over 4 years ago


    What is it with these idiots thinking they will get away with this crap.

  • Troublewithtribbles_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rotten through and through...let justice prevail and take it to the max.

  • Mourning_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I've been in Law enforcement longer than i care to remember and this crap happens over and over again. I always thought our job was to be fair, compassionate and protect those who are unable to take care of themselves, (in addition to a whole list of other things).

    Cops like this guy make us all look like crooks or at least a little suspicious to the general public. After all these years I don't see a solution. Someone has to be trusted to do the job we do and they have to remember not to be tempted just because you are allowed where others are not. You enforce the laws, people have to do as you say. Maintain your intregrity, it's the only thing you really have.

  • 707168ad30b8a8c4_max50


    over 4 years ago


    wow...that's crazy!..He is wearing his uniform in his Bookin photo. I hope he gets the maximum sentence.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Arrogance, indeed !!! Junoir is in for a nasty surprise once he hits jail; probably won't be any better for his mother, either. The Martin family deserves everything coming their way !!!

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