Monday, August 30, 2010 – 4:50 pm
I just read a story published this afternoon on The Sun newspaper website that I’m sure will appear in Tuesday’s edition.
The story is regarding a settlement with recently appointed Assistant Auditor-Controller-Recorder Matt Brown, former chief of staff to San Bernardino County supervisor Paul Biane. Brown filed a complaint with county officials that he was subject to a hostile work environment due to his cooperation with a county corruption probe.
In addition to Brown landing a new position with the county for the exact same compensation, he was also given $25,000 to pay his legal bill to attorney Sanford Kassel.
Easy money for Kassel.
Now back to the topic at hand.
The part of the Sun story that seems kind of disingenuous, but holds true to the myopic reporting style of the newspaper read as follows;
No county attorney or outside counsel signed off on the settlement, which the county and
Colonies maintain was the result of “arms-length hard bargaining on both sides.”
The “no outside counsel” phrase is kind of troubling.
The paper would like readers to believe no licensed attorney was involved and that a bunch of crooks went into a room and screwed taxpayers.
Recently, The Sun actually ran a story that seemed to reluctantly concede the fact that Edward A. Panelli, a retired Associate Justice of California Supreme Court and licensed attorney presided over the final settlement talks and in fact signed off on the deal.
I and many others read the story and almost fell over.
No on could believe The Sun of all papers would print such information. After all, it might go against the papers goal of tar and feathering everyone involved with the settlement.
Well it seems The Sun can’t help it and as always those “old habits”.
Once again, getting in a “dig” is the order of the day.
I also visited the California State Bar Association website and searched for Panelli’s membership status and found the following;
Edward A. Panelli – #26593
Current Status: Active
This member is active and may practice law in California.
See below for more details.
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law