WHY FILE THE CLAIM?
Let me first explain that I’m going to try and be a good client for my lawyers and be somewhat guarded. But I want to make it clear that my decision to purse this isn’t for any political reasons, I don’t have any specific political ideology. I’m not a Democrat, Republican, nor do I hold any other political alignment or ideology, I truly am an independent. I wanted to make sure that at least one person or organization, with standing stepped up and pursued the truth.
My sole purpose is to get to the truth, and as I have stated many times, in Spokane, unfortunately, the only way to get to the truth is through litigation where individuals can be deposed under oath, evidence obtained through the Court’s discovery process, and where a Judge can review claims of Attorney Client Privilege. The Otto Zehm Case is a perfect example, had the Center for Justice not agreed to help the Zehm family to purse litigation the truth never would have come out.
DOES THIS HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE RECALL?
Mayor Condon has recently blamed the recall efforts against him as politically motivated by Democrats, and the Center for Justice. I want to be absolutely clear my complaint has nothing to do with the recall efforts. Long before the recall effort was initiated or the Cappel Report was released I contacted the Center for Justice. That contact was on March 1st, 2016 and I asked if they would be interested in representing me in this matter. They did not come to me; I went to them!
WHY THE CENTER FOR JUSTICE?
The reason I reached out to the Center for Justice has nothing to do with any alignment I have with them, I disagree with the positions they take on a number of issues, but one I vehemently agree with is the need in this City for Independent Oversight. I have never had any real involvement with the CFJ other then I asked them to take my case on as they have other cases. Since they aren’t involved in any way with the recall, it only made sense.
ARE YOU IN IT FOR THE MONEY?
Undoubtedly someone will suggest that I’m in it for the money. Nothing could be further from the truth and I fully intend to donate the proceeds of this case to groups that advocate for Independent Oversight?
DID THE LEVEL OF SCRUTINY YOUR PRR RECEIVED FROM MAYOR CONDON, NANCY ISSERLIS, TERESA SANDERS AND OTHERS AT CITY HALL SURPRISE YOU?
I wasn’t the least bit surprised. Based on my past experience with earlier Public Records Requests I had submitted, which provided a good picture of how City Hall handles these things, it was not a surprise. But that is an area I won’t get into at this point.
DO YOU BELIEVE PUBLIC RECORDS WERE WITHHELD FROM YOU UNTIL AFTER MAYOR CONDON’S RE-ELECTION BID?
Yes, I do, and I believe the Cappel Report makes that clear. I don’t want to get into any detail but the first response to my PRR, which was on September 29th 2015, made it clear to me that it was going to be a battle to get responsive regards, prior to the election, or anytime in the near future.
HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO GO WITH YOUR COMPLAINT?
I’m willing to go to the extent necessary to get to the truth.
***I will be happy to answer any questions you might have that I feel can without jeopardizing the litigation, so please feel free to ask by commenting here.
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!