Thomas to Nickles: Take Your Subpoena and Shove It Up …
As Jonetta Rose Barras indicated he would, Ward 5 Harry Thomas Jr. didn't pony up the more detailed financial records Attorney General Peter Nickles requested by 4 p.m. today in a second subpoena of Thomas' youth sports, non-profit, Team Thomas. Looks like we're headed back to court!
Thomas's attorney, Fred Cooke Jr., sent a letter to Nickles explaining why the second subpoena wasn't necessary. The main reason being, Cooke says, is that Team Thomas has decided to "voluntarily refrain" from asking for any more donations. (According to its response to the first subpoena, Team Thomas is already virtually defunct, raising only $28 so far this year.) Argues Cooke: if Team Thomas isn't asking for money, then it can't break the city's charitable solicitations law by asking for money without a license, as Nickles has kind of alleged.
Here's Cooke's letter. LL hasn't gotten ahold of Nickles yet, but will update as needed.
Update: LL is late to meet his 8.5 month pregnant wife, so he won't summarize Nickles response. Instead, you may read it here: