When the Palco suit was tossed the first time - District Attorney Paul Gallegos was out of town and had not read the ruling when the Times-Standard contacted him. Gallegos said he would not comment until he saw the decision.
Deputy District Attorney Tim Stoen, who was trying the case, did not immediately return a phone call left at his office.
But Steve Schectman, a private attorney recently pulled in by Stoen to assist in the case, said he believes the decision should be appealed. However, he added that was not an official statement. He said the judge's ruling would encourage corporations to lie, and place a burden on administrative agencies to be truth-finders, like a court.
"If you get it by hook or by crook, you get a pass," Schectman said.
Richard Salzman, a key political supporter of Gallegos, said he didn't believe the ruling would hurt the district attorney.
"His office isn't about this lawsuit," Salzman said. "I think the leadership, the real leadership that Paul shows in the community is what is important to me." Source: TS Judge Axes PL Suit June 2005
Wonder what Schectman would say about LLCs and the right to lie...now, today?