[b]Asinine Order from Judge in Kelly Case MJEOL Bullet #75[/b] In what has already been described as a highly inappropriate and ridiculous ruling, the judge in the R. Kelly child porn case, Vincent Gaughan, says Kelly can travel to the Grammys in February, but he cant associate with Michael […]Continue Reading
[b]Sneddon Keeping Father from Seeing Accuser? MJEOL Bullet #74[/b] It was recently reported that the father of the accuser has petitioned the court to be allowed to see his children. Today (Jan 28) the judge in that case, Richard Denner, initially denied the father the right to see his […]Continue Reading
Big Trouble in Little Santa Maria? BY SUN STAFF We looked it up. Right there in the dictionary. Scandal. To paraphrase Mr. Webster, its damage to reputation, public disgrace. Defamatory talk and malicious gossip. Its what happens when someones conduct brings shame or offense. If you havent noticed, thats whats going on in Santa Maria right now, and it involves everyone from the city council, to the city attorney, to former police chiefs from two different cities, to alleged prostitutes, to the district attorneys office. Scandal. We dont use that word lightly. Just about everyone involved will tell you that the other sidethose guystheyre the ones stirring up trouble, perpetuating the lies, fueling the fire of hate. Theyre the ones who may tarnish the good name of the city, and that of anyone who gets in their way. Or that theyre the ones who started it all in the first place. So who to believe? We decided that the only way to be fair would be to get all the facts we could, and then let everybody speak for themselves. In the following pages, we delve into past problems, present events, and the possible future of this troubled issue. Read it all; weve broken it up into three separate stories for you. And take your time. The gossip wont go away anytime soon. We just hope the truth will outlast it.
The past: Did history repeat itself? Central Coast residents pose parallels between one city attorney, two cities, and two dismissed police chiefs BY ANDREA ROOKS He was visible. He was popular in the community. He worked well alongside the police officers association. The police chief enjoyed success in the community he protected. And then he was gone. To the community, it appeared sudden. Seemingly with little explanation, the city manager placed the chief on paid administrative leave. The city council and city administration couldnt be as forthcoming as everyonethemselves includedwould have liked, but suffice it to say the chiefs leave was a personnel issue. Modest public outcry ensued. After the city council upheld the chiefs termination, he worked out a retirement settlement and left city employment. To Santa Marians, this sounds like a rough rundown of what happened to former Chief John Sterling last year. To Atascadero residents, its along the lines of what happened to former Chief Richard Bud McHale in 1996. Reading what went on in Santa Maria with Sterlingits a repeat of what happened here, said former Atascadero Mayor George Highland. The link, assert some in the community, is Santa Maria City Attorney Art Montandon, who was Atascaderos city attorney until he resigned in 1998. As Highland reflected back on what happened while he was mayor of Atascadero, he viewed McHales termination and subsequent retirement as largely the city attorneys doing. In retrospect, its my opinion that Montandon got the confidence of a city manager who wasnt sure of himself, and used that to attempt to get rid of anyone on staff who didnt agree with him, Highland said. He used the naiveté of the city council members to get an investigation of McHale the way he wanted it done. Montandon, on the other hand, explained that both terminations were justified and handled properlyat the will of the respective city managers, not due to his influence. ……Continue Reading
[b]Sneddon Attempting to Silence the Fathers Attorney? MJEOL Bullet #73[/b] Russ Halpern, the attorney for the accusers father, appeared on Court TVs Crier Live Tuesday (Jan 27). Halpern says he received a letter from district attorney Tom Sneddon claiming that he may be a potential witness in this Jackson […]Continue Reading
[b]Father of Michael Jackson accuser asks to see boy[/b] WEDNESDAY, 28 JANUARY 2004 LOS ANGELES: The father of the boy at the centre of the Michael Jackson child molestation case sought joint custody of his son yesterday, citing in part the charges against the pop star. The man, who lost […]Continue Reading