Celeste Beard Johnson, vs The State of Texas,
Texas justice stinks! Administrators' behavior and decisions are overlooked when they are normally considered "Above the LAW!" They were elected to protect Celeste's constitutional rights in a just and equitable manner.
Denied! Denied! Denied!
The procedures of the District Attorney's office and the Court were heinous. No one protected the constitutional rights of Celeste Beard Johnson for a fair trial. Check out Nancy Hall's blog talk on "Women Behind the Wall- 4justicenow" 7/5/11.
Whether it's my daughter or not; the trial was unfair. Write Governor Rick Perry, Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 12428, Austin, Texas 78711-2428 or call 1-800-252-9600 to complain about the unfair justice.
Celeste would like to hear from you so write: Celeste Johnson 1157250, Mt. View Unit, 2305 Ransom Road, Gatesville, 76528. http://celestebeardstrial.blogspot.com/2011/09/celeste-beard-johnson-trial-errors.html
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On October 2, 1999, Tracey Tarlton shot Steven Beard (Celeste's husband) with a 20-gauge shotgun while he was sleeping in his bed. Steven and Celeste had agreed to terminate all relationships with her. Steven called Tarlton "white trash." Celeste confronted Tarlton and told her; "To stay out of her family business." In the month of September, 1999 Tarlton's anger changed to rage with every telephone call not returned by Celeste. Steven and Celeste planned an extended trip on October 3, 1999. Other trips that Celeste had taken, upset Tarlton so much that she ended up in the hospital with apparent suicide attempts. Friends of Tarlton had held her shotgun because they were afraid of what she might do. The shotgun was returned in August of 1999. In September, Celeste and her daughters hid in a dark house because Tarlton had left a message that she was coming over with her shotgun. The police knew of other situations with Tarlton but nothing was substantial to arrest her. Tarlton and Celeste were friends for six months. Over half of that time Celeste was in treatment at Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital for depression or traveling and Tarlton was in Austin, Texas. Tarlton had a bizarre attachment to Celeste which was typical of her mental illness. Every psychologist and every psychiatist that treated Tarlton tried to deal with her obsession with Celeste. One thought TARLTON "unfixable." Yet, six fellow coworkers of Tarlton, brought the same picture of Celeste sitting on Tarlton's lap at a party, and that picture had more weight in the jury decision than doctors and professionals. Tarlton made sure that marijuana brownies were brought to the party because Celeste loved anything chocolate. Celeste got smashed. The trial never showed the real story, or maybe I should say the truth was twisted and bogged down with unimportant testimony, which is good fiction for a Danielle Steele novel.
Before the shooting, Tarlton testified that she did a walk-through of the Beard home at 3900 Toro Canyon Road with Celeste. Dick DeGuerin stated in his final argument the hard evidence that proved that Tarlton was lying.
DeGuerin said; "And it doesn't just create a doubt about it. It's overwhelming."
"Let me tell you about it. Do you remember Tracey has two things to say about that day? She says that during the afternoon -- she at one time said after 12:30, at one time she said 2:30 and she was very hard to pin down. She was not specific about it, but in the afternoon she went to Toro Canyon for a walk-through, she said. She got the walk-through. She -- as she described what she did, it was wrong, and that's what Gus Voelzel was here for, to show you that the way she described the house was just wrong."
"But that's really not what is significant about it. What is significant is the other witnesses who in part accounted for Celeste's whereabouts during the day. Jennifer testified and told Charlie Burton that she picked up her mom, she didn't go to school that day and she took her mom to her hair appointments."
"If you look at, and I was so encouraged when you asked for the family planner and Celeste's private planner because it has all the clues you needed there. And I thought, you know, I didn't talk to them about that, but you just have to have your faith in the jury system, and I do have my faith in the jury system. And that's why it's not meant as a personal criticism of you."
"In those family planners on Friday, October 1st, there's several things. You have those back there. Just look at them when you go back there. At 10:00, it has Celeste, Studio 29, and then it was Steven Beard at 10:30 or 11:00 and it has manicure, pedicure and haircut. They were there at the same time. Jennifer drove Celeste there at the same time. Jennifer drove Celeste there, but that's not all. At 12:30 is written down that Celeste has a perm. A perm takes about two hours. In the checks that you have -- and you have all the checks -- there's the one for October 1st to Studio 29 for $109. That's Celeste paying for her perm."
"In addition to that, there's Celeste's personal planner. Now, the state said, you know, this is a secret planner. Well, it's not a secret planner. She had a small planner which you have in evidence that she carried around in her purse. The family planner stayed on -- in the center of the house and in the -- in her personal planner are several things. There's the Lily Tomlin concert with Tracey which got canceled after August 28th, but there's also Celeste's appointments. Terry, 10:00. That's the 10:00 appointment at Studio 29."
"There's another appointment for 9:30. There's an appointment with Dawn at 3:00 p.m., and there's an appointment with Joseph at 5:00 p.m. Now, it says perm, but remember what Joseph said. It was really an updo. That's a different studio after her perm."
"In addition to those activities, which are all in evidence before you and all contradict Tracey Tarlton about what happened that afternoon, there's a check to Celeste dated October 1st signed by Steven Beard for $1500. There's a deposit ticket taken to the bank where Celeste went to the bank, $1500 depositing that check."
"Does it make sense -- and I'm so sorry I didn't argue this to you before. Does it make sense that Celeste would have Tracey come over and drive up the main driveway in the middle of the day with all this activity going on? Jennifer says she drives her to her hair appointments, and then Jennifer says she was there when Christopher comes in from San Angelo at 1:30 in the afternoon. They are there until 2:30, she says, when they went to buy groceries for the lake house. Does it make sense that Celeste would have Tracey over there in the midst of all these activities?"
"Does it make sense that Celeste would change those plans because of the nosy neighbors next door? Would Tracey be there in the middle of the day with nosy neighbors next door?