Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Will Esquivel be deposed? Will Brooks? Will Armenta?

I was asked by a friend if I believed that the most powerful people in the APS are actually going to be deposed; testify under oath.

The possibility that they and co-defendants David Robbins and Rigo Chavez might somehow weasel out of testifying under oath is a constant possibility; their litigation budget is unlimited and there is no (public) oversight, link, over the spending.

The board and administration pretend that lawyers defending board members and senior administrators, are expected to present a "case analysis" to the entire board.  They would have us believe that the lawyer, because they are meeting in secret from the people, is candid, forthright and honest in the presentation of the facts to other board members.

Despite the fact that the whole board is a named respondent in the lawsuit, there is no evidence that the whole board has been given a case analysis in the litigation against School Board President Esquivel, Supt Winston Brooks, Exec Director of Communications Monica Armenta, Chief of Police Steve Tellez, Director of Communications Rigo Chavez and former School Board Member David Robbins.

They should know that among other things, all the defendants will be asked under oath to tell the truth about what they know about a cover up of felony criminal misconduct involving APS senior administrators.

A key player in the corruption and incompetence in the leadership of the APS and their publicly funded private police force, Gil Lovato once said, if the truth ever gets out, there won't be a single senior administrator left standing.

Lovato is the guy who knew where all the bodies were buried.

The Journal exposed the scandal, link, but steadfastly refuses to expose the cover up;

  1. At least three investigations were done; all three in secret from public knowledge.
  2. The criminal investigation of felony criminal misconduct involving the leadership of the APS Police force was conducted by the APS Police force.
  3. The findings of that investigation and of the at least two other investigations are being kept from public knowledge in blatant violation of the Inspection of Public Records Act. 
  4. One of those investigations, names the names of APS senior administrators who broke the law.  The findings are in the Caswell Report.
  5. No evidence of felony criminal misconduct was ever turned over to the DA for prosecution.  Perhaps I am wrong and there was none. Then why hide the findings?  Why violate to the law to hide the findings?
There is only one reason to not tell the truth and that is to
escape the consequences of telling the truth.

I'm not a lawyer, but I have slept in enough Holiday Inns to know that when they raise their right hands and affirm their intention to tell the truth; when they don't, escaping the consequences will not be as easy as it has been heretofore.

Journal Managing Editor Kent Walz is going to find it impossibly difficult to keep their names and the truth out of the "newspaper of record".

Not that he won't keep trying.

photos Mark Bralley

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