Target: Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee
Goal: Ex-cop convicted of fondling and taking nude photos of a female suspect must serve jail time.
A former Tennessee detective who abused his power to coerce a female suspect into posing for nude photographs may not have to serve his six-year sentence in jail if the state’s Criminal Court rules that six years of probation is sufficient punishment. The detective, James Bishof, has demonstrated that he is a danger to others. Demand that the judge responsible for his punishment enforce Bishof’s six-year prison sentence.
James Bishof was a detective with Tennessee’s Shelby County Sheriff’s Office when, in 2011, he coerced a female suspect accused of assaulting her boyfriend into undressing so that he could, ostensibly, take photos of her injuries. He did this again with the same suspect at a later date when he showed up at her private residence and took more naked photos of her. During this incident, Bishof also groped the woman and made sexual advances.
The woman said about the whole ordeal that she did not feel like she could resist allowing the photographs to be taken because he “had a badge and a gun.” Bishof pled guilty to these charges and was sentenced to six years in prison. However, this sentence may be reduced to a mere six years of probation.
This was a flagrant abuse of power and a demonstration of Bishof’s predatory nature. He should not be allowed any freedom over the course of his sentence. Sign the petition below to demand that the criminal court judge presiding over Bishof’s future hearing makes him serve his sentence behind bars.
Dear Judge Coffee,
I am writing you today regarding your hearing regarding former detective James Bishof. He has been sentenced to six years in prison for his crimes, but at this hearing you will have the option to commute his sentence to six years on probation. I urge you not to do this.
James Bishof used his position as a sheriff’s detective to coerce a female suspect to undress so he could take naked photographs of her, grope her, and make sexual advances towards her. It is for these crimes that he was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison. He, unfortunately, represents the worst possible kind of person to give a badge and a gun to: the ones that have no qualms over betraying the trust of the public those objects afford them for their own gain.
The sexual nature of Bishof’s crimes make them especially heinous. Through his actions Bishof has demonstrated his lack of moral character. In essence, he has demonstrated that he is a predator and a danger to others around him, especially women.
This was a horrific abuse of power that warrants exercising the fullest extent of the law. Because of this, giving Bishof a mere six years’ probation does not suffice. I urge you to make sure that Bishof spends his six year punishment in prison.
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