Woman pleads no contest in anti-police tirade

Goode charged with disorderly conduct.
Jessica Cuffman
Dec 15, 2012

A Sandusky woman has pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from her spirited, profanity-laced tirade against a police officer earlier this year.
Shawna Goode, 32, was fully prepared to take her case to trial in Sandusky Municipal Court Friday, until city prosecutor Lynne Gast-King offered a deal.
"I know they didn't expect me to go to trial at all," she said. "But I wasn't just going to take a charge."
Gaye Harris Miles was the visiting the judge.
After about 30 minutes of discussion with Gast-King, however, Goode agreed to plead no contest in exchange for diversion.
End result: As long as she stays out of trouble, Goode's case will be dismissed and her record will be expunged.
"When I found out I could get it completely off my record, that was my best option," she said. "I'm not disappointed with the result, but initially she did not offer it."
Goode said she was planning to take her case to trial on principle.
"I do acknowledge I, too, could have handled the situation a little different," she said. "I am a bit embarrassed. But they just assumed I was drunk."
Sandusky police arrested Goode at about 4 a.m. Feb. 26 just outside DJ's Sports Bar on Cleveland Road.  
A police report said Goode smelled like alcohol when officers encountered her outside the bar. The report also said she was verbally abusive with officers.
 

Comments

Gunner10

So she was at a bar in the middle of the night and alcohol might have been spilled on her(thats why she could have smelled like it) So that makes it ok for her to FLIP her lid on that officer. I would hate to see her out somewhere and her think I might have done something to her!

DGMutley

Good outcome for a nice lady.

Swamp Fox

Check the record of this person on Sandusky Municipal website, its not her first rodeo. Bottom line she PLED to the charge.

Can't Sandusky find a real "visiting judge" Gayle Harris Miles has never been an elected judge, sounds like the go old boy system....

Phil Packer

Why do these things never happen to me...maybe because I'm not outside bars at 4am?

kURTje

Yeah...she's real nice. i roll

Cityslicker

She knew she was going down. Thus the plea deal.

Licorice Schtick

Pretty much.

reader

Always good to remember when you're speaking to a police officer stay as calm and polite as possible. They have enough stress from dealing with idiots. Don't add to it.

DGMutley

She wasn't drinking. She left her keys in the bar. She just wanted her keys, if I remember correctly. The cop told her to move on or something to that effect. She wasn't going to have it. Her mistake--you don't diss a cop or tell a cop how it is--that's not only disorderly, it's disobeying a lawful command. It would be my belief that the officer would agree with diversion.

She is a nice lady. Fiery for sure.

Licorice Schtick

And what law do you break when you "dis" a cop? None. If that was a "mistake" it's because cops, like civilians, are sometimes arrogant and agressive. Staying cool is what they're trained for, and "taking it" is part of being professional.

I was once briefly detained and found myself, justifably, I think, irritated with the situation. I didn't complain but I was terse. The cop sensed my anger and complained that I was "making him nervous."

"Really?" I thought. "You have body armor, a baton, a stun gun, a sidearm and maybe a backup, a shotgun and a radio, and the power to throw me in jail on your allegations alone without witnesses. You apparently took stupid pills today. And I'M making YOU nervous?"

Having a little empathy is a big part of professionalism.

As much as he or she might deserve your respect and courtesy, a cop is not legally entitled to same, only your compliance with lawful commands. From the story, it would appear that Ms. Goode failed that, and in addition, raised enough a ruckus to be guilty of disorderly conduct.

Cops have my respect in part because they are EXPECTED to deal patiently with, say, a diva borderline who demands that the rest of the world stop everything and divert all available resources to solve her problem, one of her own making.

luvblues2

It's called disorderly conduct or failure to comply. I stated this in another comment section, Licorice. Flip off a cop and see what happens. I dare you. :)

deertracker

She acknowledged her roll and accepted some responsibilty for her behavior. Settled, case closed. Jail time was completely unnecessary. She could not move on without her keys. Sounds like things were a bit chaotic and got out of control. I like fiery!

Darkhorse

Why didn't the officer help her regain her belongings? Problem solved.

Swamp Fox

Drinking and disorderly, she is given an on air interview with the Register, could it be to make SPD look bad once again, no bias here (sarcasm). Why not give her own blog, she seem just right for this excuse of a newspaper.

SandTownBry

Really whys it always gotta be about makeing the othera look bad this as been going on for awhile.So what she got another interview with the paper its not her frist one.And if its such EXCUSE of a paper then why you reading it?????? Are u from perkins by chance?

Swamp Fox

I read it, wouldn't waste my money buying it. Ever thought in looking into a grammar course, at the minimum spell check?

DGMutley

lol

EdO's

No law against drinking, no law against being an idiot. Taxpayers money ill spent.

BEHAPPY

Respect a LE officer.....again, simple.

Julie R.

So who is this judge named Gayle Miles Harris and why did they need to bring in a visiting judge, anyway? They usually only bring in their stash of rent-a-judges when they want to fix cases so what's up with this?

That said -- I'm still laughing over that video. You have to admit it was hilarious at the end when the cop asked Ms. Goode if she took her handcuffs off and she said: "No, they fell off."

concernedtruth

Nice record Shawna, do you want to explain all of these:
Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 08/30/2004
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVG0401712
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: FORCIBLE ENTRY
Case Type: Civil
18 Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 09/26/2007
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: TRD0704712
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: A.C.D.A.
Case Type: Traffic
19 Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 01/26/2009
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: TRD0900421
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: WRNGFUL ENTRUST
Case Type: Traffic
20 Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed:
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: TRD0902736
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: WRNGFUL ENTRUST
Case Type: Traffic
21 Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 11/12/2009
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: TRD0905900
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DUS/FRA
Case Type: Traffic
22 Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 12/03/2009
Arr. Agency: SPK Case #: TRD0906247
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: NO O.L.
Case Type: Traffic
23 Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 08/17/2010
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: TRD1003755A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: NO O.L.
Case Type: Traffic
24 Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 08/17/2010
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: TRD1003755B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: EXP PLATES
Case Type: Traffic
25 Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 01/10/2011
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: TRD1100143A
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: NO O/L
Case Type: Traffic

Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 01/10/2011
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: TRD1100143B
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: EXP PLATES
Case Type: Traffic
2 Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 01/10/2011
Arr. Agency: SPD Case #: TRD1100143C
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: FICT PLATES
Case Type: Traffic
3 Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 02/27/2012
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB1200556
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DISORDERLY COND
Case Type: Criminal
4 Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 02/29/2012
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: CRB1200591
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: DISORDERLY COND
Case Type: Criminal
5 Concerning: Goode, Shawna
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 10/04/2012
Arr. Agency: SSPD Case #: TR1205404
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: PARKING TICKET
Case Type: Traffic
6 Concerning: Goode, Shawna D
D.B.A./A.K.A.:
Filed: 02/04/2008
Arr. Agency: N/A Case #: CVF0800295
Docket Entry: Click
Charge: MONEY ONLY
Case Type: Civil

DGMutley

concernedtruth,

So, what is the point--they're all traffic tickets?

ps, Julie, I liked that about the handcuffs. hahaha

sandtown born a...

mistaken identity, it wasnt me, the man trying to take me down,

Red Baron

I'm sure she was challenging how police carry out business today so the media always tries to manage the perception of these types of challenges as anti-police when in reality they are critical statements about how conduct is being carried out and needs to change

cockynurse

No respect for LE. Now, she gets her 5-minutes of "fame". Poor reporting-why wasn't she asked why didn't she respect the officers? Who goes off on POLICE like that? Not a very respectful "woman", if you ask me.

Julie R.

I have to agree --- Ms. Goode might be saying now she was a "bit embarrassed" over the way she acted (she should of been more than a BIT embarrassed) but that still doesn't take away the fact that she should have been held accountable. So how did she ever get away with pleading no contest?

I'm also still curious as to who this visiting judge Gayle Miles Harris is. Even more so, I'm curious to know where Erie County is getting all these visting judges that they forever use. Maybe the SR could find out. Is the Supreme Court REALLY appointing all these visting judges to Erie County? If so, the Supreme Court best be burying their heads in shame, especially after the one I witnessed in action last year. What a clown he was. Maybe the SR could also find out how much these visiting judges have cost the taxpayers in the last 10 or more years to fix cases for the Erie County judges and prosecutors.

richrs

@ Julie,
As you know anyone can plead no contest, but I want to know why she gets diversion?

Julie R.

Wasn't this city prosecutor Lynn Gast-King involved in that Erie/Ottawa corrupt case against the disbarred attorney Elsebeth Baumgartner? Or maybe it was Erie County's railroading of that black lady Krista Harris case. Was that when King was still an attorney and before she was given the job as city prosecutor? I know I read about her involvement with one of those cases .... or maybe it was both.

richrs

one, both or neither it doesnt matter. Both of those got what they deserved. stop sticking up for them. give it a break along with you crying about deeds and stuff. most of us are just tired of hearing it. I dont know why the SR doesnt block your crap.

Julie R.

Harris got what she deserved --- five years in prison --- for transferring money out of elderly aunt's bank account using a power of attorney that the aunt's doctor, Susan Gallagher, testified was legal .... prepared back when the elderly aunt was competent? So what about the idiots from Huron that transferred my mother's half to property when she was in the end stages of Alzheimers using a forged power of attorney concealed in another county so the idiots could then defraud her 4th beneficiary on a new fraud Transfer on Death Deed?

It appears to me like your Erie County courts certainly do have a double-standard, don't they?

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