Attorney charged in Marietta mailbox explosion
by Jon Gillooly
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The force of a bomb blast Dec. 21 at Marian Weeks’ law office ripped a metal mailbox to shreds and knocked it off its post.<br>Staff/Emily Barnes
The force of a bomb blast Dec. 21 at Marian Weeks’ law office ripped a metal mailbox to shreds and knocked it off its post.
Staff/Emily Barnes
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MARIETTA — Erin Fox, a paralegal for longtime Marietta attorney Marian Weeks, said her children could have been killed by an explosive device allegedly placed in the mailbox of the law firm by an acquaintance of another Marietta attorney.

Police have arrested Marietta attorney Angel Cordle on felony criminal damage charges. According to the arrest warrant, on Dec. 21 at about 8 p.m., Cordle drove to 367 Atlanta St. with David Eugene Haynes of Marietta riding in the passenger seat. Haynes, the warrant goes on to say, got out of the car and placed an explosive device in the mailbox and returned to the car. The device then exploded, destroying the mailbox, the warrant says.

“The victim (Fox) and her juvenile children were in close proximity to the mailbox and could have been struck by shrapnel from the destroyed mailbox,” the warrant reads.

Weeks was unavailable for comment.

Fox told the Journal she was driving her three children and their 14-year-old friend to see their 14-year-old friend to see the Lights of Life exhibit that evening at Life University. Fox said she passed the law office and noticed a yellow Hummer parked there.

“I recognized it as the yellow Hummer belonging to Angel Cordle,” Fox said. “She’s the only one who drives a yellow Hummer around here like that, and her office is located behind ours.”

Fox pulled over to see why Cordle was parked there when the mailbox exploded.

“We have a large mailbox,” Fox said. “It completely flattened the round part. … It’s of thick steel. The police said it was not a firecracker. They said it was not an M80. They don’t know what it is at this point.”

Fox said she began screaming, telling Cordle she was calling the police. Cordle and Haynes drove off, with Haynes laughing hysterically, Fox said.

“It landed within a foot of my son,” Fox said of a piece of shrapnel from the blast. “It blew up the mailbox and a part landed a foot away from my son, thank God who was still in the car. This would have killed somebody. Thank God it detonated when it did because if it had not detonated when it did, and I had not seen it, and they had just driven off, our mail carrier would have been dead the next day when he opened that mailbox.”

Cordle, who lives in Mableton, was arrested Friday. She was released on $5,000 bond.

Haynes was arrested on Dec. 21 on a charge of criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, and released on $1,000 bond.

Fox said she can’t understand why the two would do such a thing.

“There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for her to have done this,” Fox said. “Everybody is in a state of disbelief. We don’t understand why this happened.”
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Truth 77
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August 11, 2013
To the disher-

I know this area- this is not plausible for Ms. Fox to be just happening to be driving in that area- its not a desirable pathway to be driving to watch the "life of lights" anyone that knows the area knows that to be true- In addition, Ms. Fox own words below their office is adjacent to each other so reason to be in the area last I checked- More importantly the cops got played in my opinion- This Ms. Fox would be tore to pieces on the witness stand come court time- I am not even an attorney and this wreaks of complete garbage- how convenient for ms Fox to just be in the area to save the day at 8pm at night at her employers.... hmmm that is creepy to say the least- You know of anyone that wants their employees hanging out by their offices or just in the area at 8pm on a friday night??? I don't think so. Cops loved the idea of busting an attorney nothing more but you have to have motive if you show me motive I have no problem believing it. What it is hard to believe is that a thriving an attorney with a thriving practise would blow up her next door neighbors mailbox to throw away her law career and then leave her noticeable yellow hummer by it so she could be pegged for a crime perhaps with no verifiable disagreements with the other attorneys?- Her driving by can easily explain and seeing what happened to her neighbors mailbox?- That isn't plausible in court? I think so Disher- Good luck with your "eye witness" conspiracy theories- Good thing that character can be cross examined in court isn't it? That does matter when fingering someone for a felony, fyi.

"Fox told the Journal she was driving her three children and their 14-year-old friend to see their 14-year-old friend to see the Lights of Life exhibit that evening at Life University. Fox said she passed the law office and noticed a yellow Hummer parked there.

“I recognized it as the yellow Hummer belonging to Angel Cordle,” Fox said. “She’s the only one who drives a yellow Hummer around here like that, and her office is located behind ours.”

Fox pulled over to see why Cordle was parked there when the mailbox exploded. "

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal
The Truth 77
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August 11, 2013
To the dishers reply in May-

Yes, the mailbox did blow up- your right- Angel does have reason to be in that area her office is directly across the street that she owns what better reason to be in the area than that? Thats idiotic- no different than saying if you drove by your neighbors home and the mailbox blew up and people asking you why you were in the area? She came by is my understanding to ask what had happened and the paralegal started freaking out and was emotionally distraught about the mailbox blowing up. Also, if you blew up the mailbox why would you come over to check on the people?

In addition, if this were a strong case this would have already been prosecuted fyi in my belief much more suspicious an employee of the firm happening to stop by her employers work on a friday night at 8pm I wouldn't be comfortable about that if one of my employee's had done that unless I knew why she was in the area- Problem is I bet you her employer had no idea that their employee was going to be at their firm at the hour at that night - this is all a he said she said- the problem with this bs is you have to ask yourself why would someone blow up a mailbox to throw away a thriving law practise at 8pm at night in a highly visible yellow hummer then stop by and ask to see if things were okay? That makes zero sense-

Its more likely that this paralegal likes the attention this has gotten- there are crazy people in this world as you know - and she fits the crazy profile in my opinion.
What happened
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June 20, 2013
So what happened this a m in court?
The Disher
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August 05, 2013
I'm curious as to what happened also. I hope that Ms. Cordle didn't do this, but I am curious to hear what happened...it was such a strange thing for anyone to do.
Doubting Thomas
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February 09, 2013
I find this story very hard to fathom! I am a past and hopefully future client of Angel. My multiple interactions with Angel encourage me believe that there is something queerly reported or observed in this incident. I know Angel as a trustworthy and committed Attorney, (…not someone normally found).

In my opinion, Angel is a “gift” to our often offensive society and I pray for her exoneration from both the felony allegations and the pretentious public abuse of these claims.
anonymous
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April 09, 2013
You're completely delirious. You must be praying to the devil.
Doubting Thomas wife
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February 10, 2014
What a difference a year makes! My husband hired her legal services again Feb 2013, worst mistake ever!! We are in worse shape now then we were last year at this time. Communication failures, representation failures and obligation failures of his attorney, Angel Cordle has put us in such a horrible predicament. We are still going thru this neverending nightmare a year later!!! She is anything but a "gift"! Trustworthy and committed, she is not!! I speak for both my husband and I, he/we will never hire her or recommend her to any of her family or friends.
The truth 77
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January 19, 2013
The disher- her office is directly across the street so she has to drive by to get to her office every time during the day I know that area- in addition, why wasn't the ATF contacted immediately seems like u could have ascertained by a swab of ms fox, the client, or Angel's hands or both vehicles if they were responsible for the explosive devise, fyi or exonerate them u do that immediately fyi

I don't know why they would be in the same car- but I don't understand why angel is being charged with a larger crime than the person that placed it supposedly in the mailbox.

Also, just because someone says they saw it doesn't mean it happened fyi- doesn't mean it's the truth-like I would like to get the psychiatric background of ms fox which I am sure Angel's attorney will do and let's see ms fox take a lie detector test I bet deception comes up-

Would u want to go down on someone's eye witness testimony? Hell, that leaves us all screwed at some point in life if u don't have to prove it-

I could understand if someone could show me motive but let's be honest a divorce attorney might have the greatest chance to have their mailbox blown up by former clients or opposing spouses- Angel would be set up to drive by and be in the vicinity, fyi. Also, ms fox's statement in the papers about how lucky she was there when it happened because it could of blown up the mail man wreaks of deception and her appealing for federal charges setting someone up but also being a possible hero for the postman-

Also, I would have to see more than an emotional highly suspect paralegal who just happens to be at her employers at 8pm now on a Friday night and now all of a sudden is a victim and a hero - she escapes possible tragedy and now is the hero for catching another rival lawyer in the midst of a federal crime? Come on, how much mileage and attention has ms fox gotten now- I wouldn't be suprised if u dug up ms fox's background and don't find a recent break up or something this fits the profile of someone seeking attention, fyi

Only thing I am saying if u were someone that was emotionally unstable this fits the profile of someone that enjoys the attention and mileage this is getting now she is a victim and a hero- be cautious believing an "eye witness" because if ur losing ur career and life possibly based off ones words only that is too powerful in my book and is a throw back to 1920's-1960's where people's lives were ruined because of purely eye witness testimony- the ATF if called could have sealed or exonerated the case if called immediately by Marietta police fyi which should have been normal protocol they could have tested the hands or vehicle and known if it came from angels vehicle this is 2013 not 1913.
The disher
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May 29, 2013
You cannot deny these facts: 1) the mailbox blew up because someone put a device in it for that purpose; (2) Angel and her client admit they were in the area; (3) Angel and her client admit they saw Ms. Fox and spoke with her. Ms. Fox, unlike Angel, has released a plausible statement as to why she was in the area. Angel has not given a reason as to why she was in her vehicle stopped at the mailbox at 8pm at night with client. Lawyers are human & do stupid things all the time. If you didn't do it, then release a statement explaining what you were doing there...
Mohammed23
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January 15, 2013
MJD/Mr. Gillooly,

Why no update on such a sensational case? I would think this might be the Pulitzer Proze story if you actually get to the bottom of it.
The Disher
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January 12, 2013
I'm curious why a female lawyer would be in a car with their male client who is going through a divorce at 8pm -- when there are no hearings, depositions, etc. going on at night. There may be a plausible explanation, but nobody has released it. Also, the paralegal actually saw the passenger get out and place something in the mailbox. So...they weren't just driving by or in the area. Something smells here. Neither the paralegal nor the law firm have any apparent incentive to make this up. Plus, they aren't even opposing counsel in David Haynes' divorce.
I've had dealings...
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January 03, 2013
I've had dealings with her. She represented my friend's ex-husband. Not real smart.....for sure. We wondered how in the world she made it through law school.
Mickey77
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January 02, 2013
This sounds like a set up- for example, I noticed ms weeks who owns the law firm didnt comment and I find it very suspicious that mrs fox just happened to be in the area at the time of the explosion which would make her a potential suspect as well considering her employers mailbox was blown up as well-

In addition, anyone selling a story of this magnitude to the papers and anyone that will listen when she lets be honest didnt see angel or this other person put a device in a mailbox- angel has a reason to be in that area FYI she works across the street it's much more suspect that an employee just happened to be driving by at 8 pm on a Friday night on her way to see the lights at life university last I checked the two are not close by making it more suspect for ms fox just being in that area- FYI

What motive would ms cordle have for placing an explosive device at her next door neighbors law firm? She seems to have a lot to lose to do something like that and the time at 8pm on Friday night in a yellow hummer sounds strange to say the least not a very good prime time to plant an explosive device in my opinion

Be interesting how this plays out but I would look at their phone records and examine that ms fox now all of sudden seems to enjoy the victim role here in the papers, FYI

Time will tell but if its just her word saying I saw a hummer with someone laughing that works across the street hell that doesn't seem strong at all
not telling
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January 02, 2013
omg, I cannot believe how stupid people are...Innocent until proven guilty, the paralegal witnessed this mess....that crazy attorney needs to face charges....Get a life Angel, you have nothing better to do than blow up a mailbox....Really? Classy lady, yeah right.....
A Real Lawyer
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January 02, 2013
It is a shame that most of you apparently received your understanding of the legal system from watching Judge Judy reruns.
Anonymous Lawyer
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December 31, 2012
I know Angel . . . this smells. I will be interested to see what REAL evidence there is that she did this. She is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY people!
anonymous
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April 09, 2013
You're part of the same insolvent system Anonymous Lawyer. Birds of a feather flock together.
Barbara Stock
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December 30, 2012
According to the online Cobb County Superior Court records, Angel Cordle is the attorney representing David E. Haynes in his divorce. The case is still open.
VFP42, TIC
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December 30, 2012
Large mailboxes such as Ms. Fox's, typically erected primarily to induce envy in the neighbors, are in my opinion clearly an attractive nuisance.

As such, Ms. Fox's erection of this attractive nuisance is in my opinion wholly responsible for the actions allegedly undertaken by Cordle and Haynes who were in my opinion unable to help themselves in the face of such an obvious and negligent attractive nuisance such as a large mailbox. Who in their right minds would put up a large amount of potential shrapnel as a mailbox? I think nobody with a concern for public safety would do such a thing!

Cordle and Haynes in my opinion are the clear victims in this case. Had Ms. Fox a normal sized mailbox built from a safe material that was not so attractive, this incident never would have occurred, if you ask me!

Several neighbors have reportedly filed affidavits about how dangerous this mailbox was. They supposedly felt as if they were in imminent danger every time the passed by it!

The facts of this case will come to light and Cordle and Haynes will be fully exonerated, but justice will not be served in my opinion unless Ms. Fox pays a penalty for the nuisance she created and the danger she put her own children in for actively bringing them into the vicinity of this nuisance.

Some folks get their law degrees while still in high school, it seems. Allegedly, right?
To VFP42, TIC
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December 31, 2012
So if your mailbox is 'too large' and it annoys others then anyone has the right to blow it up and the bomber is the victim??? And having a large mailbox puts people in imminent danger just in case some idiot decides to put a bomb in it??? Hard to believe you are serious!
Psych needed
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December 31, 2012
Please VP42, get your medications regulated and delusions should be reduced.
Retiree1
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December 31, 2012
People, this post by VFP42 is sarcasm. It "sends up" the all too prevalent victim mentality of criminals....
anonymous
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December 30, 2012
What a crazy dangerous evil thing to do - these two need to be locked up before they kill someone!
A thought
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December 29, 2012
I really hope that the community will not make any judgment about Ms. Cordle until ALL the facts are available. Something just is not adding up here. I'm also a little concerned that virtually every "fact" in this article is based on the word of one person who has an obvious flare for the dramatic.
Judge Taylor
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December 29, 2012
Looks like we have another Judge Cox, in Judge Taylor. Judge Taylor let the defendant in this case out with an OR bond, per Cobb Sheriff webpage. Lawyers hooking up lawyers. I guess if your a lawyer in Cobb you are above the law. Everyone is held to a higher standard except lawyers who are friends with Magistrate Judges.
Again?
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December 29, 2012
What is it with Marietta attorneys at Christmastime. They seem to get into some kind of trouble every year.
Angel or Devil??
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December 29, 2012
So Angel Cordle has been arrested for a felony criminal damage charge. Interesting how she always writes her name with a halo over the the 'A' as one might do in grade school. Putting innocent people in danger and destroying federal property would make her more of a devil methinks. What a terrible example for a lawyer to set. I guess she thinks she's above the law.
Vendetta?
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March 29, 2013
Looks like you were on the other side of a court battle with Angel and are now bitter at her. If you want to start talking about people being in "grade school", you might want to reread what you wrote "...would make her more of a devil methinks.". Ignorance.
Connie Mack Jr
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December 29, 2012
No doubt this was a terrorist lawyer attack by " Al Aqcitted" once again raising another false flag operation that went terrible wrong over the purchase of used fireworks from " Big Bang Fun and Games for bored idiots" who don't like the internet mingle Dating service...
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