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October 12, 2010

Bill’s Trial Nixed at Last Minute

Filed under: General — mary @ 7:22 pm

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.

7 Comments

  1. I follow ISTARS pretty closely. Looks like nothing was posted until yesterday. I wonder what Scott Reed’s letter says?

    10/08/2010 Motion In Limine Re: Identity of Accuser & Brief in Support Thereof
    10/08/2010 Letter-Scott W Reed
    10/12/2010 Letter from Scott W Reed to Judge Hosack dated 10/09/10
    10/12/2010 Memorandum Of Defendant Kennedy In Response To McCrory Motion in Limine RE Identity Of Accused

    Comment by Stebbijo — October 13, 2010 @ 8:18 am

  2. And anybody is surprised because??? “They” just want all this to fade away. And, a way was found to deny Bill the ability to recoup legal fees. I still can’t figure how a contempt charge became a civil case. But this is northern Idaho isn’t it……

    Comment by rochereau — October 13, 2010 @ 8:55 am

  3. All,

    I will refrain for now from commenting on the contempt case. Once Judge Hosack has delivered his written judgment, my attorney and I will review it and decide what action we will take.

    Comment by Bill — October 13, 2010 @ 9:50 am

  4. Would this not be an Order to Dismiss – and who writes the order?

    Comment by Stebbijo — October 13, 2010 @ 10:00 am

  5. Here’s what I just posted over on the Press site under the article about the dismissal that they ran this morning:

    That Mike Kennedy and his supporter Christa Hazel would bring this SLAPP suit (strategic lawsuit against public participation) in order to silence Bill McCrory’s investigation of public election documents is an outrage.

    That Judge Hosack would string this unwarranted legal action along, keeping Bill quiet and costing him a large amount of money, is unjust. And now, when the trial work is all done and ready to go; when all the arguments are lined up, proving this was a frivolous action and the costs should be paid by Kennedy, the judge suddenly does not want to hear the trial. He doesn’t want to hear the information so carefully researched and planned, at great cost, because it would force the judge to rule, and he knows, as does the Kennedy camp, that the ruling would have to be for Kennedy to pay the whole thing.

    So, in essence, the judge just wants to cover his ears and have the whole thing go away.

    Comment by mary — October 13, 2010 @ 10:09 am

  6. I repeat, this is northern Idaho. Apparently skewed practices are in the eye of the beholder. We see cover-up and, dare I say, corruption. The status quo sees business as usual.

    Comment by rochereau — October 13, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

  7. rochereau, It’s a bitter pill to swallow once you know that our judicial system isn’t any good. But, when you know, you know. And, it’s all of Idaho. Our Executive office/Governor appointed Judge Simpson for a reason, but it didn’t work. Our Supreme Court appointed a local judge for a reason. Other judges refused the case for a reason. They don’t want it going anywhere. Bury it up here and keep it here. At this point, Kelso needs to throw out the Supreme Court, too. It’s one big interconnected sewer of filth, deceipt, and corruption. Judge Bradbury knows it – a lot of us know it.

    On the bright side of things, Judge Hosack and area judges all know about blogs now and they are even getting their own personal handbook on how to handle the media because the media is telling them how it works, along with difficult conversation training. We pay for it. They all possess the moral fabric of a pit of slithering snakes. The legislators that work for them aren’t any better.

    Comment by Stebbijo — October 13, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

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