Letter: John Hatfield to Ronnie Kimble
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ATTORNEYS AT LAW
219 W. WASHINGTON STREET
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA 27401
KATHRYN K. HATFIELD
FAX (336) 273-9238
June 14, 2000
Mr. Ronnie Kimble 0628799
Route 1, Box
Jackson, NC 27845
I am in receipt of your letter dated June 8, 2000.
Since you express your gratitude for the things I mailed you, I
assume you are fully satisfied with my response to your last letter.
In the third paragraph of your letter you contend that you did not
personally review all of the documents in your case. I am surprised
that you would say that in view of the numerous meetings in the jail
that you and I had as Panosh made discovery available. Indeed, in
the case of Mitch Whidden, we identified him and sent Mike lngold to
talk to Whidden before Panosh even disclosed his name.
After the state rested, you testified and every other witness
presented on your behalf was thoroughly evaluated and discussed with
you in advance.
Now that you say that you "absolutely disagree" with my statement
that Mr. Lloyd and I did everything we could do to prepare for your
trial, I can see no reason for further discussion.
I was retained by the Stumps to represent you at trial. I invested
literally hundreds of hours in your case. I have completed my duties
as your trial counsel.
The trial judge appointed me to assist in your appeal. Pursuant to
that appointment I am available to David Lloyd whenever he calls
upon me for help.
June 14, 2000
I also was appointed by the court to represent you in the Smith
matter. Since that case has apparently been dismissed there is
nothing further for me to do. I have sent you copies of all of the
relevant documents in my possession and I discussed the case with
you at length while it was pending.
In your letter you refer to "on-going litigation." Other than your
appeal, which is being handled primarily by David Lloyd, I am not
aware of any "on-going litigation." Your trial is over and the Smith
case was dismissed.
If you become a party to future proceedings, I will not agree to
serve as your lawyer. My duties to you are essentially finished
unless David calls upon me to assist in some aspect of your appeal.
You assert that I was rude to your father. I deny this. You and your
brother have caused your parents a great deal of pain and I'm sure
they are sensitive to every slight, real or imagined.
You have burned your bridges with Kim and her family and by the
unwarranted accusations in your latest letter to me, I can only
assume you are burning your bridges here too.
Goodbye Ronnie. In the event of "other litigation" have your lawyer
contact me if there is something that I have that he may need.
John B. Hatfield, Jr.
cc: David Lloyd