Tuesday, July 26, 2011 – 09:45 p.m.
The Editors and Publisher of the Riverside Press-Enterprise appear to be getting a little full of themselves these days.
After successfully winning a legal battle to garner the release of public pension data from the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association, the newspaper is now taking credit for the release of Grand Jury transcripts related to criminal proceedings involving the 2006 settlement between Colonies Partners and the County of San Bernardino.
Tuesday mornings editorial titled “Colonies Disgrace” reads: “After The Press-Enterprise filed a motion last month, a county judge Friday released thousands of pages of transcripts of the grand jury investigation into the county’s $102 million settlement in 2006 with developer Colonies Partners.”
The near complete set of transcripts with exhibits was released because “all” of the defendants rightfully proffered no objection, with the exception of documents and testimony referencing tax-related information.
A ruling on the remaining sealed documents has been reserved for August 19.
The release “was not” because the Press-Enterprise filed a motion. And to imply such is disingenuous, but not surprising.
Maybe the newspaper should have a discussion with its legal counsel, whose non-sensical rambling wasted the courts valuable time, and not to mention, confused everyone present.