The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports (June 22, 2017) the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Avalon Betts-Gaston got a fair trial in 2015 despite friction between attorney Jennifer Bonjean and Judge Charles Norgle. It upheld the woman’s conviction.
Its Tuesday opinion cites Bonjean once suggesting in court that the judge was on the side of prosecutors, asking if he’d like to take off his robe and “come down…and do the government’s job.” And it cites the judge once making a disapproving facial expression as the defendant testified.
But the court concluded that nothing Norgle did would’ve led jurors to infer the judge believed the defendant was guilty.
FINALLY, it is now over; I bless and release them ALL
On February 15, 2017 the oral appeal for Avalon Betts Gaston was heard before The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Docket 16-2034.
This was really interesting for it appeared that everything said to the court (Judge Hamilton was the speaker for the court) by Avalon’s attorney DID NOT represent what I personally heard or saw. Now this is just my opinion of course and I am not a lawyer however I don’t understand how she could have behaved so disrespectfully to Judge Norgle and gotten not only away with it but then try to tell the court HE did all of the things I saw HER do; I don’t get it. Like I said, this is my opinion, I can only say what I saw and heard but Judge Norgle exhibited the patience and tolerance I could never had done! I saw this lawyer make faces, yell, disrespect the court constantly and now before the Court of Appeals she is saying Judge Norgle did what I saw her do; come on now. She must be a good lawyer to be this bold and have the nerve to put her actions on him; WOW!!!!
It’s too bad the Court of Appeals doesn’t read my web site or blog.
Avalon Betts-Gaston is currently at Alderson FPC Inmate # 43787-424 release date 10/19/2020. Sometimes I wonder if all of this could have been avoided if she had (1) told the complete truth, (2) apologized to the victims, and (3) made restitution. Well, at this point all I can do is bless her and pray that this will not happen again.
D’Mona Ross received probation today. This was based upon her willingness to (1) take responsibility for her actions (2) to testify against her co-defendant Avalon Betts Gaston and Felix Daniel (both who have been convicted and sentenced) and (3) to be sincerely apologetic for her part in bringing so much pain and suffering to homeowners.
I am very pleased about this, as you all know I have always believed that D’Mona Ross was being made the fall guy. Even though she was not the so-called knowledgeable attorney she could have received at least 18 months in a federal prison. Judge Norgle took under consideration the above and gave her probation. In addition, Ms. Ross will be allowed to leave the State of Illinois and move to Florida based upon a job offer in sales she has. This move of course will depend upon her actually getting the job but I think this also is good; it will give her a second chance and hopefully all will work out well for her.
At this point I don’t think there is any more need to discuss D’Mona Ross so I personally want to release and bless her. I wish her well!!!!
On April 27, 2016 Avalon Betts Gaston was sentenced to 57 months (4 years 9 months) in a federal prison. She has a late surrender date of September 1,2016 which she claimed she needed for family reasons.
When Judge Norgle asked if she wanted to say anything she declined. In some ways I was hoping she would at least apologize but that seemed to be out of the question.
She has appealed the decision so once that has been dealt with I will post the decision but for some reason I believe even that will not be the end.
I was out this morning and a woman I didn’t know approached me and started talking to me as if I knew her. Now I don’t remember ever meeting this woman but that’s not to say I hadn’t met her somewhere. But anyway, she said aren’t you Shakeela and I said yes she asked how I was doing and I said fine how are you, you know the usual bland conversation. She then said well you must be happy now that Avalon is being sentenced. My radar went up and I looked at her and said excuse me I don’t think I know you. She said oh yeah we know each other but it wasn’t said in a pleasant way. So me being me I took a step back cause now a days you don’t know what someone will do and I looked at her and I said I don’t remember meeting you , where did we meet. She then said I guess you’re happy she’s going to jail. I didn’t want to have a conversation with her so I asked her was she happy about the situation and turned and went on about my business. Now I probably should have said something else but I didn’t know this woman and it was plain to me that she didn’t know me.
I have no joy about both Avalon and D’mona being sentenced, there is no joy in this whole mess. You have a former attorney disbarred found guilty while victims have never gotten apologizes but there can be no joy in her pain. I feel the same way about D’mona. I don’t feel joy, happiness, vindicatness, oh you’re getting yours now. No, I feel sadness for both of them. I do want this over so I can no longer have to go to court but there is no joy in this for me. I wish with all my heart this had never happened that both women respected their professions and definitely respected us and not in my opinion see us their victims or easy marks. But I will not spend my life hating them or holding a grudge no, I refuse to be that kind of a person. I will admit when the scam first came out I as seriously pissed and I was mad for a long time but guess what, none of them could care less about me being mad and my feelings did not make any difference in their actions. My feelings only affected me so no, I have no joy in whatever happens with them. I will continue to bless and include them and their families in my prayers and when they are finally sentence I will again bless them.
I’m wondering if this woman reads my blog or Web site and that’s why she thinks she knows me I don’t know. I have a blog and especially the website so that others may learn how to protect themselves. I want people to know they are not alone and there a places to get help. I want folks to know my experience not because I’m angry or want attention but I think I would be guilty if I kept what happened to me and not shared it so others can learn from my experience. I don’t believe I have ever mentioned the names of the other victims on my website or blog, I just wanted others to know what happened to me and what the results were. I will keep the website up cause I think it’s important, I will continue to update cause again I think it is important. But there is no joy in whatever happens when both women are sentenced. I blessed and released them both a long time ago and lady whoever you are I bless and release you also.
Once this “madness ” is over I will be closing this subject . I want to let these people go in peace and I am ready to let go.
One thing I have learned from blogging is I don’t particularly care for it. Now I’ve seen some blogs that are fantastic but that posting every day all day, no thanks.
As some of you my know the past four years I have been working on me. My spiritual and health needs have been my top priority and I have noticed that by letting some things go and blessings them as they go has seriously blessed me.
Anyway, every now and then I may post something but it won’t be often. So once everything regarding the last two folks is finally over they will be a closed topic.
The sentencing dates for D’Mona Ross and Avalon Betts Gaston have changed. First, the order regarding Avalon Betts Gaston’s motion to Disqualify the Trial Judge Pursuant to 28 U.S.C.S. 455 & 144 192 was denied. (Entered 01/20/2016)
Avalon Betts Gaston: February 17, 2016 at 11:30am
D’Mona (aka Dimona) Ross: February 24, 2016 11:30am
There are many subjects I am interested in and I would like this blog to cover various points and issues. I believe that opinions should be voiced without fear of retribution from anyone but I must stress RESPECT must be given at all times. I want to explore different avenues of thought and solutions.
My blog will start off with mortgage fraud for that is what happened to me but that will not be the primary topic opened for discussion. If it is on your mind this can be a place to talk about it.
This site is for informational purposes only. The goal is to save others from the pain that we the victims have experienced and to show who some of the players are that were involved. The people here are small compared to those who have never been prosecuted for the mortgage frauds that ripped at this country. I am not sure if any of the major players responsible for the mortgage frauds that hit this country have been indicted let alone found guilty but at this point, I do not believe they ever will be.
As I have stated previously on my website I am not a lawyer nor do I give out advice. I strongly suggest that if you feel victimized you contact a lawyer, the state or your county for help. Keep good records and be prepared to be active to the point of being a pain in someone’s rear end. DO NOT GIVE UP!
Please voice whatever you may want to talk about and I will try my best to give us a smooth conversation flow.