Posts Tagged ‘OAG’

A Vote For Fenty May Mean A Vote For Peter Nickles: Loose Lips Daily

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Morning All. You better enjoy Metro today and Saturday. Those big fare increases are set [...]

District Fails On Jobs, Living Wage: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—"Fenty, Transparency, Scrutiny: The Political Fallout of FOIA Reform," "Council Ices Statehood Committee," "Mount Pleasant NIMBYs Battle Over Haydee's," "Photos: Strasburg's Debut @ Nationals Park," [...]

Pershing Park Case: D.C. Police Captain Testifies Ramsey Gave Arrest Order

In a recent public filing, plaintiffs lawyers in the last remaining Pershing Park case provide additional evidence showing that then-Chief Charles Ramsey issued the order to mass arrest the 400 individuals on Sept. 27, 2002. All those arrests were promptly thrown out by city lawyers. More than seven years later, the arrests remain a huge [...]

Pershing Park Case: District Employee Admits They Destroyed Evidence

In their probe of the discovery abuses, plaintiffs lawyers in one of the  Pershing Park cases may have found new evidence of alleged criminal conduct by District employees. In early February, a District employee admitted in deposition that they destroyed materials at the order of their supervisor, according to court records.
Plaintiffs lawyers in the Chang [...]

Pershing Park Case: Let’s Go To The Videotape!

On Feb. 8, plaintiffs in the last remaining Pershing Park case filed a request that would broaden the scope of the U.S. District Court's inquiry into the case's discovery abuse. Plaintiffs attorneys are asking the judge to look into the alleged issues with the D.C. Police Department's video coverage of the mass arrests at Pershing [...]

Pershing Park Case: District Witness Pleads Ignorance

Talk about sending the lamb to the slaughterhouse. On January 7, Office of Unified Communications employee Denise Alexander sat down for a deposition in the last remaining Pershing Park case. Let's just say she was ill-prepared for any questioning.
But first a little background on Alexander:  Two years ago, she had submitted an affidavit [PDF] swearing [...]

Pershing Park Case: Peter Nickles Continues To Fight Discovery

In a recent hearing in the Pershing Park case, Judge Emmet Sullivan warned D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles that he "was playing games with the wrong judge."
In a filing last week [PDF], plaintiffs lawyers suggest Nickles is not taking Sullivan's threat seriously.  Lawyers in the Chang case assert that the crafty AG is still playing [...]

Peter Nickles Bars Public On Police Shooting Facts

On April 23, 2008, Larry Rice Jr. had made the mistake of visiting a home on the 5800 block of Fields Place NE. D.C. Police soon raided the home on suspicion of drug activity; the officers did not have a warrant and found no drugs or any weapons. Rice tried to flee, according to court [...]

Remaining Pershing Park Plaintiffs Amp Up Legal Case

For D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles, Pershing Park isn't over. Though the city's top lawyer had just settled a big lawsuit with 400 plaintiffs over the mass arrests that took place on Sept. 27, 2002, there is another, more stubborn suit sitting out there.
Attorneys in the Chang case represent just four plaintiffs. But these [...]

Pershing Park Case: Celebrating The Scapegoats Part 2

Earlier today, we linked to the Examiner's great investigative piece on District employee bonuses. Among the District employees that received a hefty bonus was none other than the Office of the Attorney General's scapegoat in the Pershing Park mess: Tom Koger.
Koger's boss, who must have approved his more than $2,000 bonus in October, is none [...]

Pershing Park Case: OAG Scapegoat Awarded Cash Bonus

In the Pershing Park case, it pays to be the scapegoat. The Examiner's Bill Myers reported today that Tom Koger was awarded a $2,600 bonus in October. Koger was the Office of the Attorney General lawyer charged with handling the Pershing Park cases. This past August, AG Peter Nickles took Koger off two class-action cases, [...]

Pershing Park Case: Plaintiffs File Response To Sporkin Report

The Sporkin Report continues to reverberate among plaintiffs seeking damages in the infamous Pershing Park case. Late yesterday, attorneys in one of the cases filed their own response [PDF] to the Sporkin findings [PDF]—repeating their position that a federal criminal investigation into the missing or destroyed evidence should be on the table.
The lawyers join a [...]

Police Union Chief Calls For DOJ To Investigate Pershing Park

D.C. Police Union Chief Kristopher Baumann has reviewed Ret. Judge Stanley Sporkin's report on the missing and/or destroyed evidence in the Pershing Park case. Baumann says he has concluded that there can be only one next step: The case should be referred to the Department of Justice.
“There needs to be an independent prosecutor set up," [...]

Introducing A Guide To The Pershing Park Case

Are you hazy on the events of Sept. 27, 2002 when D.C. police arrested 400 people in Pershing Park? Do you want to read about what it was like to be hogtied for hours?
Are you unsure what exactly a running resume is? Would you like to know just how the District lost or destroyed crucial [...]

Pershing Park Case: Will Sporkin Report Be a Whitewash?

When all else fails, commission a report.
It's one of the tried-and-true plays in the crisis-management playbook. Think about the history: the Warren Commission, the 9/11 Commission, the Iraq Intelligence Commission.
This past summer, D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles had reached pretty much the same stage. As the city's top lawyer, he was entrusted with defending the [...]