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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Steven Clayton "Wildcat" Thomason - "The Trolls At the Public's Bridge."

Christal Cooper

Steven Clayton Thomason Versus the AHLB:
The Trolls At The Public’s Bridge

“The Alabama Homebuilder’s Licensure Board are the trolls at the work bridge and they will not let us pass unless we submit to their builder and their organizations.”
--Steven Clayton Thomason


       Montgomery, Alabama resident Steven Clayton Thomason is challenging the constitutionality of the Homebuilders Alabama State Law ALA Code 1975 (34-14-1) which states that individuals who do not hold a homebuilder’s license and work on contracts of over $10,000 can be subjected up to a year of jail time.
       In addition, Thomason, acting as his own attorney, has filed a $1.2 Million lawsuit against 12 members of the Alabama Home Licensure Board ($100,000 per member); District Attorney Daryl Baily for malicious prosecution; other judges and officials; and clients Marvin and Tornida Daniels, Matilda Long, and Joy Jackson for lack of payment.
Thomason insists that the law is unconstitutional for numerous reasons:    
1.  Subjects minority contractors to unlawful arrests
2.  Resulted in racial profiling of minority contractors.
3.  The homebuilder’s law mandates its law enforcement investigators to arrest any contractor trying to enforce a contract in court.
4.  These minority contractors are blacklisted and unlawfully harassed, detained, or arrested when they have a complaint from a homeowner that the sub-contractor lacks a homebuilder license. 
5.  The board turns a blind eye to the unlawful actions of the homeowners, most of who are trying to get out of paying a legitimate bill owed to the contractor or committing insurance fraud.  
6.  It doesn’t matter if the complaints are true or not, and this process violates the fourth amendment and Alabama’s criminal laws (section 40-2-20 Witnesses-incriminating testimony perjury).



“This law protects those who are in power. It restricts the mama and pop businesses who were there before the law went into effect.  It doesn’t serve the public interest; it serves their interest.” 



    Thomason, who has been acting as a
Sub-contractor since 1994 and with hundreds of satisfied clients, comes from a family of hard-workers –his mother Annie B. Jackson Thomason, originally from Coosa County, Alabama, moved to New Jersey where she led a successful musical career; and his father, James Wesley Thomason, worked as a truck driver and mill worker.




        Thomason, the second of five sons, was born in Brunswick, New Jersey and moved to Montgomery, Alabama where he has resided since he was six years old.


       By the age of 20, he was a supervisor for the Russell Corporation, the leading textile in professional sports. During this time he started working on housing projects on the side.
       “I did my cleaning contract on the side – always paintings houses.  I was always around construction.”



       At age 28, he left Russell Corporation to work for Rite Way Cleaning Services which he maintained until age 30, when he started working for the Kirby Company where he was the top sales person and a motivational speaker for the company.  It was also a happy family affair – his wife, the late Priscilla Thomas Thomason was the office manager/factory distributor.



       In 1998 he decided to go into construction full time and obtained his State Occupational License, which preceded the Homebuilders Alabama State Law ALA Code 1975 (34-14-1), giving him the legal authority to do any constructional work in the state of Alabama up to $100,000.  He also obtained city licenses for each city he worked in the state of Alabama, which included Washington County.  He also obtained a license giving him legal authority to work in the states of Louisiana and Georgia. 



       “I worked everything from commercial to water treatment plants to commercial buildings to Raceway Convenient stores, all in sub-contractor formats.  I was always in compliance.  During this time I was working for Home Depot doing roofing for the State of Alabama earning over $10,000 per job.”



       Between the years of 2007 to 2009 the mortgage crises occurred and it is during this time that, according to Thomason, the established homebuilders did a licensing scheme to redefine the term “homebuilder” in order to push the mom and pop builders out, majority of who are minorities.
In 2007, everyone in Washington County who had an occupational license was “grandfathered” in, which included Thomason.



“Thad Clammy, a State Legislator, and Washington County Probate Judge, Nick Williams, a former State legislator, were members of that session when the Washington County was added to the law; and both have confirmed that my 2005 License was part of the Protected Grandfather Clause Class of Businesses who were already doing business in that county.” 



AHLB mailed out notices to occupational holders in Washington County who were grandfathered in, except Thomason did not receive a notice. 
 “All were sent notices from the Alabama Homebuilders board to apply and receive grandfather status.  I didn’t receive the notice.  My address was in Montgomery, but I was practicing in Washington County.



This was a major point in the first two trials concerning Thomason’s claim of grandfathering, in which the AHLB attorney Jamie Durham insisted before Judge Troy Massey that Thomason did not have the required year of the Washington Occupational License which gave him the legal authority to be grandfathered in.  Thomason proved before Judge Troy Massey that he did have the required year to be grandfathered in.  
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Judge Troy Massey responded to Jamie Durham,  "Well, it seems to me Mr. Thomason has proven you false.  You say you sent out 5000 of them.  Did you all miss somebody?  This man is not a criminal.  All I see is a working father trying to feed his family.  If this man needs a license let's sell him a license, but you can't deny him because of his past bankruptcy.  If that's the case you need to go get Donald Trump's license."



Thomason continued conducting business as usual based on his state and city licenses, when, in May 5, 2008,  he began working as a sub-contractor for clients Marvin and Tornida Daniels.  Thomason and his crew were at the Daniels residence almost every day for the next three months, when he requested payment after the job was near completion; Tornida Daniels’s response was to pull up in her vehicle, deny payment, and demand that he and his crew leave the premises.
“I called my attorney Collins Pettaway and he advised me to call the police and get a police report that I was being forced from the property.”



The police came, did the report, and Thomason and his crew were forced from the premises, taking their materials with them, and empty handed of the $10,000 she owed Thomason and his crew for services rendered.   Thomason then filed a lien on her property for the balance of what she owed.



On July 15, 2008 the AHLB Investigator Todd Betts contacted Thomason via phone informing Thomason that he was acting as a homebuilder on a job of over $10,000 without a homebuilder license.  Thomason responded that he was acting as a sub-contractor. 
In the summer of 2008, AHLB attorney Jamie Durham and the AHLB sent Thomason a message via word of mouth and in letter: pay a $1,000 fine or we will put you in jail.




Thomason acquired attorney services from Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders & Pettaway.  Senator Hank Sanders and Rose Sanders wrote a letter on his behalf.
  



Collins Pettaway Jr., now a Judge, advised him to stop the lien process of Daniels’ property for the amount owned and continued working as normal.
On June 15, 2012 worked as a sub-contractor for Matilda Long.  Long’s house had been destroyed by a fire and, Long as the homebuilder contractor, hired Thomason as the sub-contractor to rebuild her house. 
“I got her in touch with electricians, plumbers and she was there every day.  We finished the entire job in three to four months.”
On October 25, 2012 Matilda Long’s insurance company California Casualty sent Thomason a letter applauding him on a job well done.


On November 5, 2012, Thomason learned that Long had received her insurance check, and went to the Long home and requested the final payment of $14,000 owed to Thomason and his crew.  Long insisted that she did not have the check, that she did not have the money, with her right hand waved a gun at Thomason, and demanded he get off the property.  
Thomason filed a police report, and the District Attorney’s office prosecuted her in the criminal case: her punishment was a $500 fine, six months in jail which was suspended, and ordered to attend anger management classes. 



On July 29, 2013 Monday Thomason dropped off his two minor daughters at their Montgomery based school, and then went to the courthouse where he was testifying on his own behalf in a civil case against Long before Montgomery County Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick.  It was here that the AHLB had Thomason arrested for the Daniels and Long cases. (He was later cleared of both cases in January of 2015.)


“I was handcuffed with my hands behind my back in a small room for several hours before being told to strip and bend over so that my bottom could be looked in.  I was then informed that if I was sexually assaulted by anyone to tell a guard.  I was not processed until later on that night.  My children were in a panic as I’m the only parent since loosing Mom in 2009 to breast cancer. 



I was not read Miranda rights or told my rights until Judge Massey read them to me the following day. I was informed by Judge Massey that with no prior criminal record and being a good member of society that I had the Right to sign myself out, however the level of disrespect afforded me by the Guards only allowed me to fill out a request form of which they would not accept but rather told me to put it in a pick up box so I spent two nights in lock up.  I was chained to inmates on trial for murder and the like.  I was more afraid for my girls.  Now they have to suffer as my mug shot was passed around the family and Internet.  The suffering and fallout from this crime against me and against my good name has affected my business here, and the real opportunity of traveling aboard and engaging in Musical Festivals through Canada and Europe.”





       In August of 2013 Thomason hired Civil Rights Attorney Julian McPhillips as co-legal counsel and the two have been sparing against the AHLB ever since.  


       On March 5, 2014 Joy Jackson, from Elmore County, contacted Thomason to do work on her home – with him as the sub-contractor and her as the homebuilder contractor.
       “Her sister-in-law recommended me to Joy Jackson.  Three contractors worked for her before I came into the picture.”
       A contract of no more than $10,000 was set up between Jackson and Thomason.  Thomason was to correct a water problem; repair dry wall; and access damages as an appraiser. 
       The end result was she refused to pay him money for services rendered and placed his equipment out in the street.
       Thomason claims Jackson forged a contract for $12,000 and his signature and submitted it to Steve McCullough from the AHLB.Thomason took Jackson to Civil Court for payment of services rendered and forgery.  Forensic Writing Expert Detective Robert Moore, from the Montgomery Police Department and author of Sexual Deviance Onlinetestified that the contract and Thomason’s signature were a forgery.
In the meantime, at the urging of Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick and District Court Judge Troy Massey, Thomason paid the $350 fee and applied for his homebuilder’s license in July of 2014.  





He was told his application was incomplete due to lack of a credit report.  Thomason provided his credit report to the AHLB on September 24, 2014.  On September 26, 2014 the board denied his request due to two personal bankruptcies Thomason has incurred – resulting from his wife’s illness and ultimately death from breast cancer on October 9, 2009.


       In October of 2014 Thomason was arrested for the second time while dropping his daughter off at school.  The second arrest was for not having the proper license for conducting business with Joy Jackson.  
On November 11, 2014 Thomason and McPhillips learned that the criminal complaint in Elmore County via Joy Jackson was filed and signed by AHLB investigator Stephen McCullough. 



Judge Patrick Pinkston ruled that Thomason could not sue Joy Jackson since he did not have a homebuilder’s license – despite the fact that he had been applying for a license for the past year, having it denied for a variety of different reasons.
“I have a constitutional right to defend my contract in court regardless if I have a homebuilder’s license or not.”
       The Montgomery District Attorney’s office presented Thomason’s criminal case against Jackson for forging the $12,000 contract and his signature. 
On June 8, 2015 the Grand Jury returned with an indictment on Joy Jackson. 
       “They won’t give the official statement, enforce the indictment and they haven’t officially contacted me as the victim. And it’s been five months. 



The indictment of Jackson is crucial because the Homebuilders set me up in Elmore County because they were mad at the two Judges’ decisions in Montgomery County that were in my favor.  Judge Glenn Goggins denied me an attorney after multiple requests in a full courtroom.  Judge Glenn Goggins denied the verdict from the previous case and made me stand trial for the same act.”   



To this day, his homebuilder’s license has yet to be approved by the AHLB since he first submitted his application in July of 2014.  
Every month since then his application has been reviewed by the board and denied based on numerous reasons:  incomplete application, bad credit report, cases against Long and Daniels that needed to be mediated before the board could make a decision on his license status; and, finally, using the $12,000 forged contract by Jackson as a reason for denial.



 “If the board judges us on our work, our insurance coverage, and our skills  - then all is fair before granting a license.  They are judging us on our personal credit reports, which is discriminating and not regulating, which is unfair. 



The board is then moving fraudulent complaints and doing more harm to the public because they are restricting trade.   The board has set the bar so high that they use a person’s credit report and amount of money in the bank to determine if they can do work in Alabama even when contractors do work in a sub-contract position for a homeowner.  As a subcontractor they are once again targeted and charged with a crime if the amount is over $10,000 even when the job has a homebuilder and the work done is top quality.”


“Uriah J Fields reminded me that equality begins with one person standing up and believing in the fight.  And it doesn’t matter if they win; what matters is that they stand.  We have the right to blossom and grow and the AHLB is preventing us from doing that.  Regardless, someone will pick up that torch and will carry on.  It’s been 8 years for me and someone is going to have problems with the board and they’ll pick up where I stopped and this law will be changed the same way the bus boycott law was changed.”
     Contact Thomason via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/claytonwildcatthomason  or via phone at (334) 294-9910.





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Letter from Senator Hank and Rose Sanders on Steven 
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Letter from California Casualty to Steven Clayton Thomason 
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Steven Clayton Thomason and his daughters
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