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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wetumpka physician Mark Hayden has been re-arrested, on orders of Mike Graffeo, for failure to produce a stock certificate that might not even exist


Dr. Mark Hayden
Dr. Mark Hayden, the Wetumpka physician who was incarcerated for 25 days near the end of 2016, has been re-arrested. Hayden is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on civil-contempt charges.

Our access to records in the case is limited, but it appears Circuit Judge Mike Graffeo has ordered Hayden to turn over certain business documents, and Hayden contends he does not have them. In fact, Hayden claims that at least one key document does not even exist, and no evidence of its existence has been presented in court.

At issue is a stock certificate allegedly belonging to William B. Cashion, Hayden's wealthy and elderly uncle who is co-founder of Western Steel Inc. in Bessemer. Hayden states in a recent court filing that he turned over all Cashion-related documents in his possession roughly four years ago. But Cashion's attorneys from Maynard Cooper and Gale apparently contend a key stock certificate has not been produced. (Filing is embedded at the end of this post.)

Hayden says he has not seen even a copy of the certificate, much less the original. Graffeo recently ordered Hayden's re-arrest, and the physician was taken into custody at a hearing on January 23. Hayden's second jail stay now is in its 10th day.

How long will this last? That is not clear, but Hayden says Cashion's attorneys have not produced copies that would suggest the stock certificate exists. According to Hayden, he is being held because he can't produce a document he does not have, with little or no evidence that it exists. It sounds like what we used to call as kids a "snipe hunt."

We described the gist of the of Cashion case in an earlier post:

At the heart of the controversy is William B. Cashion, an 84-year-old businessman (he probably is 87 now) who is co-founder of Bessemer-based Western Steel Inc. (WSI) and a shareholder in several other Alabama corporate entities. In 2007, while in the midst of a divorce, Cashion executed a durable power of attorney, designating his nephew, Dr. Steven Mark Hayden, as his agent and attorney-in-fact.

Cashion remarried in 2008, and his new wife, Frankie B. Cashion, states in court documents that her husband became obsessed with investments in Alabama gold mines that supposedly were to generate large sums of revenue. Mrs. Cashion states in an affidavit that her husband invested almost $7 million in the gold-mining project before she was able to stop him. "He is at risk of selling interest in his fraudulent gold mine to other investors which would be based on fraudulent assays. . . . , " Mrs. Cashion states. "His family, friends, and business are being harmed by his poor judgment."

In 2011, Dr. Steven Hayden used his authority as power of attorney to form the William B. Cashion Nevada Spendthrift Trust (WBC Trust), and all of Cashion's stock in WSI was transferred to the Trust. Angela Rae Hayden, Steven Hayden's wife, serves as trustee of the WBC Trust, and the Haydens live in Wetumpka, Alabama, where he practices family and emergency medicine.

Is Hayden being held on lawful grounds? Well, we've described Judge Graffeo's actions as "dubious" -- and with Hayden seemingly being ordered to produce a document he does not have -- it doesn't smell any better now.

On top of that, this is more than just a legal case. The longer it goes on, it becomes a public-health issue. Hayden has several thousand patients in the Elmore County area, and Alabama has experienced a shortage of rural physicians for decades. Hayden's first arrest happened while he was on duty at the Bullock County Hospital emergency room, with patients waiting to see him.

Is Graffeo taking orders from the party with the most money in this proceeding? Is he taking orders from members of the powerful Maynard Cooper law firm? Does he care about people who might suffer because their doctor is in jail on grounds that seem flimsy, at best? Is he playing with people's lives?

We will keep an eye on this case and the troubling questions it presents.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Schnauzer, some of your posts are so crazy that I sometimes wonder if they are true. But you generally back this nutty stuff up with court documents, so I tend to think it's a sign that our courts are just insanely screwed up.

legalschnauzer said...

@10:18 --

I promise I'm not creative enough to make this stuff up.

Anonymous said...

We have become a nation of bullies. A Missouri court is bullying your wife. An Alabama court is bullying Dr. Hayden. That's what both of these cases are all about.

Anonymous said...

You are right, 10:56. No wonder we "elected" Donald Trump as Bully in Chief.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget, the bullies and those who support them are deeply committed "Christians."

Anonymous said...

I think it's also a matter of white privilege. Most judges and lawyers at big firms are white, and they think that entitles them to abuse people like this.

e.a.f. said...

"committed Christians" upp you're right, they call themselves Christians who actually aren't if you read the bible and most of them ought to be committed. Some of them definitely have a "screw loose".

Many of these so called Christians are no different from the Taliban.

It is one way to put some one in prison, order them to produce something that can't be produced and they could be there indefinetly. You know that sounds like something they do in Russia dn Communist china. Oh, well welcome to the U.S.A. So happy I'm in Canada.

Bully in chief, nice title. they idiot can't even get through a telephone call with the P.M. of Australia, one of their longest time allies. Next time they need the Australian military, they may not be around. Then to start talking about what is essentially supposed to be a private chat between two world leaders, OMG, these people really don't know how to do diplomatic business.

Would agree a lot of this is "white privilege. Many of these people have rarely heard the word No and usually if they heard it wasn't from some on in a "less position". This will not end well. So many guns, so many disagreements, so many wrongfully incarcerated.