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Friday, April 17, 2009

[MI] Then-Commissioner James Vaughn & his ex, Cassandra Mitchell, jailed for twisted domestic violence on his other ex

...Vaughn, a Grand Rapids Democrat who was re-elected to his county post in November, was convicted of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor, for an attack on Ida Mae Cross, 47, a woman he had dated for years...

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KENT COUNTY COMMISSIONER JAMES VAUGHN TAKEN TO JAIL STRAIGHT FROM COURT TO BEGIN 30-DAY SENTENCE
by Kyla King | The Grand Rapids Press
Friday April 17, 2009,
[Excerpts] Kent County Commissioner James Vaughn was taken to the Kent County Jail straight from court today after being sentenced to 30 days behind bars for an assault case that included graphic details about three-way sex. Vaughn's girlfriend at the time, Cassandra Mitchell, 39, was also sent straight to jail to serve a 30-day sentence, with credit for one day served. Grand Rapids District Judge Jeanine LaVille declined to allow Vaughn, 66, to post bail while he considers an appeal. She also declined to allow Mitchell time to make arrangements for her children. After sentencing, Vaughn attempted to reach for his hat, but a deputy began taking him away to jail and a family member grabbed it to give it to an officer. LaVille said even though Vaughn has no prior criminal history, his lack of remorse after an assault conviction contributed to her decision to have him begin his sentenced immediately. "The court finds his attitude and lack of acceptance of responsibility is a serious aggravating factor in this sentence," LaVille said... The judge also said he must pay $2,388 in fines, and make joint payments with Mitchell to [Vaughn's other girlfriend, Ida Mae] Cross to cover her medical expenses. She also said Vaughn must submit to domestic violence counseling, serve a year of probation, submit to drug testing, and perform 100 hours of community service. Vaughn, a Grand Rapids Democrat who was re-elected to his county post in November, was convicted of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor, for an attack on Ida Mae Cross, 47, a woman he had dated for years... Cross spoke before Vaughn's sentencing and asked for both to be given the maximum penalty... [Full article here]

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KENT COUNTY COMMISSION ACCEPTS COMMISSIONER JAMES VAUGHN'S APOLOGY AFTER CONVICTION

by The Grand Rapids Press
Thursday March 12, 2009, 7:38 PM
[Excerpts] GRAND RAPIDS -- Friends and colleagues of Kent County Commissioner James Vaughn, convicted on misdemeanor assault charges, are waiting to see whether he backs with action the public apology he issued Thursday. Vaughn, 66, a Grand Rapids Democrat, last week was convicted of assault and domestic violence charges against Ida Mae Cross... Vaughn apologized to his constituents and fellow county commissioners for any embarrassment the situation created, during the public comment section of Thursday's county board meeting... "My desire is to continue to serve my constituents and the public while the process continues"... Commission Chairman Roger Morgan, R-Rockford, accepted Vaughn's apology, but later said he had investigated whether the county had the authority to unseat Vaughn... [Full article here]
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