You are invited to attend a Press Conference regarding PALCO's Decision,
today, Friday, 1/11/08 @ 3:30PM, at the D.A.'s Office, Courthouse Bldg,
825 5th St, 4th Floor.
What? Not on the Courthouse steps?
TS has it as Breaking News
Gallegos unlikely to appeal fraud decision
Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos said he disagrees -- but respects -- a state appellate court's ruling allowing his hallmark fraud suit against the Pacific Lumber Co. to be tossed out.
At a press conference Friday, Gallegos said that the California Ist District Court of Appeal upheld privileges that originate in the First Amendment.
”Certainly I understand the public policy issues behind those privileges,” Gallegos said.
But he said that there is no societal value in fraud. While he believes the case looks into a new area of law, he said it is unlikely that he will petition the California Supreme Court in the matter.
The lawsuit filed in February 2003 claimed Palco submitted faulty studies during the Headwaters Forest negotiations to get the California Department of Forestry to adopt a less restrictive long-term logging plan. Gallegos' second amended complaint was thrown out of Humboldt County Superior Court by visiting Judge Richard Freeborn, a ruling upheld by the appeals court.
And of course, heraldo has the spin - Gallegos is just a "freshmen DA who had his first brush with POWER." In other words...
But even he admits - Gallegos doesn’t have the support, the ability, or the interest to carry on.
And Larry Evans is hopping mad - I guess EPIC has to take their ball back and try to put it in play even though it is now flat as a pancake.