ROY EXUM. Source image.

Roy Exum: Finally a day of reckoning but a sad verdict

ROY EXUM. Source image.
ROY EXUM. Source image.

While covering the horse abuse issue called soring, we have brought you the writing of Roy Exum, who brings his peerless insight to the opinion pages of The Tennessean.

Exum wrote two pieces, one on the day before the sentencing hearing of Jackie McConnell, the cruel Tennessee Walking Horse abuser exposed in a viral HSUS undercover video, and the second the day after.

In the first article, Exum states:

The overriding thought across the United States and many foreign lands is that no matter what the judge decrees, McConnell will not receive proper justice for his well-documented 30 years of constant horse abuse until the fateful day comes when he will meet his Maker and doubtlessly dance for an eternity in the hottest fires of hell. Tomorrow will just be a teaser of what is surely to come.

Sadly, if the truth be told, McConnell is virtually a nothing in the big scheme of the perverse and very sick “Big Lick” segment of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. Jackie is a mere pawn, a lowly serf in an evil Shelbyville fiefdom where a high-ranking insider said last week that “at least 40 to 45 percent” of what is lustily called the “performance horse” is “every bit as guilty” as the heavily-scorned McConnell. “They just haven’t been caught yet.”

In Exum’s article the date after McConnell’s sentencing hearing he writes:

At precisely 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, former Maryland Senator Joseph Tydings noticeably tightened when Federal judge Sandy Mattice announced after a brief recess that he would accept a contentious plea agreement, thus assuring serial horse abuser Jackie McConnell would not go to jail. The sentence of three years of probation and a $75,000 fine would later be called “a travesty” by the 84-year-old legal expert who once served as a U.S. attorney for Maryland.

After all, it was Tydings himself who created the federal Horse Protection Act when he served as U.S. attorney for Maryland 43 years ago and today, although he sits ramrod straight and is still a skilled orator, Senator Tydings was the first to realize that the loathsome McConnell, in his brief and well-coached remarks of remorse, never once mentioned or apologized to the hundreds of horses he has purposely abused and tortured in a well-documented span of over 30 years.

We invite you to read both of these well-crafted articles — and everything else by Exum on the subject — particularly if you care about this issue and these horses.

Finally a Day of Reckoning; The Chattanoogan; by Roy Exum; Sept. 17, 2012

A Just — But Sad — Verdict; The Chattanoogan; by Roy Exum; Sept. 19, 2012

7 thoughts on “Roy Exum: Finally a day of reckoning but a sad verdict”

  1. 75000 dollars is nothing compared to Mr McConnells supposed net worth. This is nothing to well off walking horse breeders.


  2. One idea: check online court records for this band of torturers and killers and post that to media in whatever form each of us use.

    “Wall of Shame” ideas are nice to use as links in social media. Facebook has that for killer buyers and I find that quite handy. Report docs, especially federal warnings or tracking of habitual behaviors are great to cite. Domestic violence convictions, frauds– any important and useful convictions are great as evidence that these “horse” people are simply criminals. Specific names and locations are good. Facts are persuasive.

    The intent is to isolate these abusers and killers and make them targets of general public disapproval anywhere they travel. The more these horses torturers are known and the more their names are spread around, the less likely they can even make a living. Their own buddies will find it easier to sell them out as well. There is no honor or genuine friendship among low life.

    Multiple efforts in various types of public media have far more effect. The general public needs to know the records of these so-called horse industry operators. Sending information to print media and online media with frequent repetition will have an effect. I would imagine longterm postings of public information re the activities and habits of these individuals would be very helpful re legislation.

    The general public has to understand the need for legislation first. In the meantime, any effort helps. In questions of torture and life vs death, that leaves room for many approaches.


  3. Just like racing or the corrupt AQHA, the feds need to intervene to stop this hell. I suggest we contact Congress and state reps make this very clear. We do not need responses from these individuals. Our message must be clear. We are done tolerating the lies and torture and slaughter.
    If slaughter ends first, we bottle up the evidence and it will be tracked eventually. With law, prison time is impossible. Without it and legal precedents to cite, nothing can be done, as in this case. This must change ASAP. If we stop and spend time debate among ourselves as to plans and tactics, we will never see a change. It’s full court press time. Anything helps. Our friends die every day.
    Nothing but legals and sentencing will force these creatures into being held accountable. This is a pattern of behavior which has developed over time. Therefore, it needs swift and predictable intervention from start to finish.


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