I will try to contain myself because Judge Hosack has yet to formalize his comments, but it will not suffice to say only that the trial was re-formatted at the very last second. The judge’s clerk called Bill’s attorney late Tuesday afternoon, to say the contempt TRIAL, which was scheduled for 4:oo pm, on this day mind you, would now be a “Status Conference” instead. Bill, carefully and judiciously, as is his style, called everyone he could think of, to tell them of the change. “Don’t bother to come”, he said, “the judge will probably just reschedule the trial.”
But that didn’t happen. I wasn’t there, though, as I had planned to be before the change. The judge DISMISSED the contempt charges… but that’s NOT the rest of the story. And this one does not have a happy ending for Bill.What the judge did, according to people who were there, was to dismiss the charges, thereby BLOCKING the evidence compiled at great effort and cost by Bill’s attorney and the witnesses they arranged to testify. The judge (Hosack) did not seem to want the input. He decided to dismiss the case without hearing why the charges were not grounded in law and why the complaint was frivolous. The judge did not want to assign fees.
THAT’s the whole point, people. This contempt case, brought (frivolously) by Mike Kennedy through an affidavit from his close supporter and HBO commenter Christa Hazel, has cost Bill a large amount of money to defend so far, and Hosack does not want to assign responsibility for those costs to Kennedy. So now we wait for the formal words from the judge.
I’m holding myself back.