The Pershing Park Case: Judge Sporkin Starting To Get Involved, Praises AG Nickles
Tomorrow, AG Peter Nickles must submit a sworn statement to U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan. The statement must address issues concerning the lengthy discovery process and missing evidence in a Pershing Park case. We highlighted certain documents and testimonies concerning the missing evidence here, here and here.
Recently, the WaPo editorial board nudged Nickles to settle the Pershing Park case and figure out how critical evidence vanished. The board took great comfort in the fact that Nickles had solicited the help of retired U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Sporkin (pictured):
"It's encouraging that he enlisted former federal judge Stanley Sporkin, who is offering his considerable expertise on a pro bono basis, to advise him."
But with a day before Nickles is to turn in his sworn statement, Sporkin says his consulting work is only just getting started. He is unclear what his work will entail. "I don't know what I'll be doing," Sporkin tells City Desk. "I'll do whatever I have to do....I really don't at this stage have any idea of where this is all going and heading....It's very new to me."
Sporkin adds: ""Right now, I'm just getting into it. Obviously, I don't have any conclusions at this stage other than what I saw and read in the transcript."
Sporkin suggests that his role may not be directly dealing with the Pershing Park case—but figuring out how to fix the OAG.
Sporkin says his job would figure out: "How to make the city responsive and a great place, and how to make the law department an outstanding law department."
Sporkin had nothing but praise for the city's top lawyer. "I do know Peter," he says. "I know him to be a person, a highly committed person....He's trying to give back....You got a great talent in Peter Nickles."
*photo courtesy of Sporkin's consulting group, Gavel Consulting Group.