Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kristen Lawrence Milling might have a snazzy job at Spire Energy, but her words sound a lot like her dumb-ass uncle, Mike McGarity -- the guy with the extensive criminal record who launched our legal nightmare

Kristen and Chris Milling
Kristen Lawrence Milling has two accounting degrees from Auburn University, designation as a certified public accountant, and a snazzy job at Spire Energy, parent company for Alabama Gas. She obviously isn't stupid. But comments she left here at Legal Schnauzer sound a lot like words I've heard from the mouth of Mike McGarity, her dumb-ass uncle and our former criminal neighbor -- the guy more responsible than anyone else for our legal nightmares of 17 years, and counting.

While Kristen Milling's words are more eloquently stated than anything Mike McGarity would be capable of, they reflect a mindset that is just like his. If she hadn't told me who she was -- and someone had told me, "Guess what family this young woman is from," I think I would have gotten it correctly in a matter of seconds.

Ironically, Mike McGarity also somehow managed to land a job in corporate Birmingham, with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSA). How he managed to do that, while having at least eight criminal convictions on his record, remains a mystery. As a regional Medicare administrator, BCBSA is subject to strict federal oversight of its hiring practices. That is particularly true because various "Blues" around the country have experienced employee fraud, including a 2009 case in South Carolina. According to a whistleblower complaint from former auditor Frank E. Body, fraud has found a home at BC/BS of Alabama, too. With that as background, what does BCBSA spokesperson Koko Mackin think of McGarity's criminal record, which even includes getting into a fight at a gay nightclub in Birmingham? We intend to find out, soon.

As for Kristen Milling, what prompted her to write? It appears she was displeased that I had included the names of her mother (Nancy McGarity Lawrence, Mike's sister) and her grandfather (Edmund C. McGarity, Mike's father) in a post about the criminal histories of Mike and his three brothers (all Kristen's uncles). How did Kristen express her displeasure? Let's take a look at the first comment she left at 2:50 a.m. on July 17, 2017:

Kristen Milling has left a new comment on your post "Here's the Story of Family Dysfunction Behind My N...":

I am Nancy McGarity's daughter and am saddened by the hate you have for my family. For her to be pulled in this article, my grandad, and the rest of my family is so hurtful. I can't imagine how you or your loved ones would feel to have an article like this published about your family. I hope you can put yourself in others shoes and realize the frivolousness of this all. There is more to life than to waste so much time being hateful. I pray that love can be replaced by your hate as there is an exhaustion and burden that comes from exerting so much hate toward a family. I am deeply hurt by the statements made by my family. Deeply hurt. Prayers for you and your family to find compassion and not take your anger out on people you don't even know. God bless you.

Posted by Kristen Milling to Legal Schnauzer at July 17, 2017 at 2:50 AM

What do we learn from this comment? Here are several points that jump out at me:

(1) Kristen claims I have "hate" for her family, but she never points to anything in the post that is untrue or malicious;

(2) Kristen claims it is "hurtful" that I included mentions of her mother and grandfather in the post. But they are (or were) Mike McGarity's sister and father. One point of the post is to describe the environment in which Mike McGarity and his three brothers, all with criminal records, grew up. Nancy and Edmund McGarity were right in the middle of it. That's true, it's a matter of public record, and Kristen makes no claim otherwise. Carol and I lived next to Mike McGarity for roughly 15 years, and we took the the brunt of his belligerent, antagonistic, disrespectful, dysfunctional personality. Our impression is that members of the McGarity family have known about Mike's tendency to bully others, but they've done nothing about it. Now, Kristen claims my reporting on her family's blindness is "hurtful," showing no interest in the "hurt" Mike McGarity has caused for others.

(3) Kristen wonders how I would feel if an article like this had been published about my family. Well, thanks to issues that started with her uncle, I unlawfully was thrown in jail for five months in Shelby County, and that received international news coverage, with my mugshot spread all over the Web. My wife, Carol, has twice been unlawfully arrested and incarcerated in Missouri, with her mugshot spread around the Web. Neither of us committed a crime or even a civil wrong. We've been beaten -- Carol's arm has been broken -- all because of false charges brought against us. Yet, everything I've written about the McGarity family is true, and Kristen makes no attempt to claim otherwise. But she wants to lecture me about the "hurt" her family has felt? Puh-leeze.

(4) Kristen claims our issues caused by her uncle are "frivolous." She thinks having your jobs and your house stolen from you, largely because of her uncle, is frivolous? She thinks me being beaten up and kidnapped from my home -- and Carol having her arm broken by Missouri deputies -- is frivolous? Perhaps this young woman is in the dark about the reality of what has happened to us because of Mike McGarity. Maybe she doesn't care enough to educate herself about the issues. But her use of the word frivolous suggests a shallow mind that cares only about her little world -- and nothing that goes beyond that.

Mike McGarity:
A criminal in the making
(5) The rest of the comment consists of Kristen offering up prayers, that I will find the "compassion" to overlook the ruination her uncle has brought upon us. This points to a form of "Christianity" that is about as deep as a mud puddle. It consists of simplistic platitudes that require nothing of Kristen. It allows her to focus on her own "hurt," while showing zero concern for the real damage that has been done to others.

Now, let's take a look at Kristen's second comment, which came a few minutes later, at 3:05 a.m. on July 17:

Kristen Milling has left a new comment on your post "Here's the Story of Family Dysfunction Behind My N...":

I am Nancy's daughter and this blog is the most insensitive and hurtful writing toward my family. I respectfully ask you to remove this as people are brought into your post that don't deserve it. It is beyond unfair and unreasonable to take out hate on a person's immediate and extended family. This is damaging, hateful, and hurtful. I would hope you could put yourself in other people's shoes and realize the magnitude of this.

Posted by Kristen Milling to Legal Schnauzer at July 17, 2017 at 3:05 AM

What do we learn from this comment? Here are several points that jump out at me:

(1) Kristen makes extraordinary use of the words "hate" and "hurt." By my count, in the two comments, she uses some form of the word "hate" six times; she uses some form of the word "hurt" five times. In each instance, she talks about "hate" that I allegedly have toward her family; no mention of the heaping helpings of hate that her uncle, Mike McGarity, has directed toward Carol and me. The "hurt" is always about the pain Kristen feels; no mention of the genuine hurt Mike McGarity, her uncle, has inflicted on us. Kristen gives no hint that she cares about, or even recognizes, our pain.

(2) Kristen complains that it is "beyond unreasonable and unfair" to report on a criminal and the family environment that produced him. Shelves of books have been written on that subject. If it is accurate -- and Kristen makes no claim that my posts are inaccurate -- how is such reporting unfair? Again, Mike McGarity has been a dangerous person for a long time; his criminality goes back roughly 40 years, into the 1970s. Kristen doesn't seem bothered by it, as long as others are taking the brunt of it. She only becomes concerned when accurate reporting about the criminality that has been lurking in her family for decades shines an unflattering light on her and her mother.

(3) Kristen complains that I don't "realize the magnitude" of my reporting about her family. Now, this might be her most interesting comment of all. In her first comment, she labels as "frivolous" the problems Carol and I have experienced because of Mike McGarity. But my reporting on her family? Why, that's of a magnitude that is so great, Kristen can't even find a term to put on it.

What do we learn from all of this? Kristen Milling's two comments include 15 sentences, and throughout, they display a stunning level of self-centeredness and unawareness, topped with a dose of shallow piety. I find it noteworthy that she makes no effort to defend Mike McGarity's actions. In fact, she doesn't even mention him by name. It's as if he's an "out of sight, out of mind" issue for her. He sure has hell hasn't been that kind of issue for us . . . but, hey, that's not Kristen's problem, so she doesn't care.

Public records indicate Kristen Milling is about 28 years old, and she holds a professional position of considerable responsibility. But the comments left here, suggest she has a self-centered worldview, a lot like the one we've seen from her criminal uncle. Perhaps she has some growing up to do. But if this is driven by the dysfunction that seems to permeate the McGarity family, it might be so deeply ingrained that time won't change it.

My prayers are with her. With McGarity blood running through her veins, she likely will need them.


Anonymous said...

You're making a lowly accountant famous.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that Kristen wrote and sent these comments around 3 a.m. Perhaps she was having a little drinky poo in the middle of the night, and when she sobered up in the morning, realized that what she had sent would be published.

Anonymous said...

It is curious that she keeps repeating words like "hate" and "hurt." It's like someone had pulled the string on a Chatty Cathy doll.

Anonymous said...

Kristen Milling, your 15 minutes of fame are about up.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Schnauzer:

Kristen is praying for you, so that has everything covered.

legalschnauzer said...

@9:35 --

Yes, it's comforting to know Kristen is praying for me, especially since it sounds like her prayers are so genuine.

Anonymous said...

I think Kristen deserves credit for making no attempt to defend Mike McGarity. In fact, she doesn't even mention his name. She seems to share your opinion that he's a creep, to the point that she's upset about publicly being connected to him.

Anonymous said...


You educated me on BC/BS of AL. Had no idea they were a federal contractor for Medicare. Kind of makes me queasy.

Anonymous said...


If you are embarrassed about your uncle, why are you bitching about Mr. Schnauzer. Aren't you sending your "hurt" in the wrong direction?

Anonymous said...

A Haiku to sum up this blog:

I am so bitter
Wiffle Balls shall not go back
Your judgements are void

legalschnauzer said...

@10:31 --

Sorry to hear about your problems with wiffle balls. That must be tough for you.

Anonymous said...

What all is on McGarity's criminal record? I remember reading about it, but don't recall the specifics.

legalschnauzer said...

Here is what you'll find in Birmingham Municipal Court records. This includes records from only one jurisdiction, so it might not include everything:

* Affray (fighting)--7/2/77

* Disorderly conduct--7/6/77

* Obedience to police--7/6/77

* Indecent Proposal--11/20/77 (original charge was soliciting prostitution)

* Drinking in public--2/11/78

* Reckless driving--11/14/79

* Disorderly conduct--5/22/80

* Reckless driving--7/29/81

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the list. I guess "affray" is for fighting in front of the old Focus Phase II gay nightclub. I clicked on your link about that, and there is some hysterical stuff about you asking McGarity in a deposition about the fight. For those who haven't seen it, here is part of the deposition, which includes a mind-altering comment from Swatek --

Roger Shuler (RS): I can show a copy of this. I've got--it says "Arrest Report, officers observed Defendant and two other white males fighting in front of Focus Phase II." What's that?

Mike McGarity (MM): I have no idea.

RS: Is it a nightclub?

MM: I don't know.

RS: Is it a gay nightclub?

MM: I don't know.

RS: How did you get in a fight with somebody at a gay nightclub?

MM: It wasn't me.

RS: It wasn't you?

MM: Huh-uh (no).

RS: You weren't fighting?

MM: Not in front of a gay nightclub.

RS: Focus Phase II, I think, used to be a place on 20th Street across from John's, cross-dressers and so forth. I mean, were you picking on people there or what?

MM: No.

Bill Swatek (BS): You seem to know a lot about it. Were you there?

RS: Nope, didn't need to be there.

Anonymous said...

Here is more from the deposition about the fight at Focus Phase II. Looks like you got him to essentially admit that he was in a fight at a gay nightclub. This guy is a real bad liar --

RS: Well, as you can see, it shows you were observed fighting outside of Focus Phase II. I mean, what were you doing?

MM: I don't know. I used to work downtown. I could have just got off work. I don't know.

RS: How did you get in a fight, I mean, did somebody pick a fight with you?

MM: I don't know.

RS: It says there were two other people, who were the two other people?

MM: I don't know.

RS: Did somebody get hurt? Were you hurt?

MM: No, I wasn't hurt.

legalschnauzer said...

Hah! I remember that deposition well. Swatek was checking his watch and trying to leave about five minutes into it. That's the kind of commitment a client can expect from Bill Swatek.

Thanks for the memories.

inquiring minds said...

* Indecent Proposal--11/20/77 (original charge was soliciting prostitution)

I am curious about this item in the list. Is there any additional information on what was being solicited? Or from whom it was being solicited? Even details about mundane things like what thing of value was allegedly being discussed can reveal a lot.

Every once in a while it's some sort of same sex fornication or kinky shit being discussed with an officer who is undercover. But one never knows unless there is an official record supporting the charge or plea available. Or a divorce proceeding.

In the past it has also been revealed that in some prominent cases these prospective johns are both cheap and have poor taste.

Anonymous said...


I should have read the comment about the depo before submitting my question.

legalschnauzer said...

@11:21 --

I used to have the incident report on that, and all of the other incidents, in my Scribd account, and I've embedded that in several posts. Unfortunately, Scribd wiped out my account, apparently as part of an attack from Ashley Madison bots, so I don't have that report at the moment. The original hard copy probably still is in our possession, but we've had several moves in recent years, and I've not been able to get my hands on it to re-scan.

My memory is that the report said McGarity propositioned an undercover female police officer in Birmingham and asked if she wanted to f--k.

Anonymous said...

Kristin must have never heard one of my favorite sayings, "Never miss the opportunity to keep your mouth shut".

Anonymous said...

My memory is that the report said McGarity propositioned an undercover female police officer in Birmingham and asked if she wanted to f--k.


That sounds like the allegation describes some alleged conduct which is rather unimaginative as far as these reports go sometimes.

I'm sure the McGarity family is pleased the documents got deep-sixed.

legalschnauzer said...

@2:25 --

The documents won't necessarily remain deep-sixed. Scribd essentially stole my intellectual property, and I intend to get the docs back.