December 17, 2013
Usually the judge is sitting on the bench in a court proceeding, but yesterday (12/16/13) in a special called court hearing, Magistrate Judge Angela Steele and her husband Sheriff Deputy Michael Steele, were the defendants in a Dispossessory Petition hearing filed by Jennifer Jorns. The petition shows that back rent was due and the landlord had prospective purchasers and wanted the premises vacated. The defendants answered the petition stating they owed no rent.
A court hearing to settle the matter was scheduled for 1:00PM with a judge from another county sitting on the bench. Court convened early at 12:50PM since all parties were in attendance and ready.
After TWG received numerous calls to check into this situation involving two Jasper County employees, Mike and Angela Steele, attending the court hearing seemed to be the best way to get both sides of the story. However, that did not turn out to be the case as no evidence or facts were presented.
Before the judge could get started, Mike Steele immediately told him that this could be settled without a court hearing. The judge let both parties go outside the court room to discuss the matter at hand. In a few minutes they returned to the court room, and again Mr. Steele spoke. He told the judge that he and his wife would have the premises vacated no later than the evening of December 19th at 8:00PM. Mrs. Jorns agreed to those terms, and all parties signed the Judgment at 12:57PM. Court was adjourned by 1:00PM.