One For The Books

Or how schoolchildren got gypped and nobody cared until it was an election year

When he came to the phone, Hennigan began the Alison Butterfield MTV rap: "Well, I'm sure you can appreciate that I am constrained by the federal rules . . . ."

Yeah, yeah, right. For years, starving reporters have known that if you're desperate for a story, you should always contact the Attorney General's Office. The place has more leaks than an Italian submarine and the prosecutors are often gabbier than Tommy Lasorda on sodium pentothal. So I asked Hennigan to forget the lawyer/journalist dance for a second. Explain this suit, one man to another.

How can you sue the guy who raised the issue, the guy who brought you the facts? What did you expect Richard Shaw to do on the day of the auction? Westcor would sue if he won the bidding, and Westcor would sue if he lost the bidding. He also might blow his partners' $5.4 million cashier's check.

"He was in a tough position, wasn't he?" agreed Hennigan.
Not nearly as tough as the one he's in now.

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For three years, Richard Shaw of Pensus has been saying the bids were rigged, he was mugged . . . and that SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!

Think of the lawsuit that could have been launched had Shaw actually won the dirt.

Now if you think Ms. Boyd had a lousy time, how do you think Richard Campana felt when she gave a sworn statement of his spirited icebreakers?

While nearby developers had paid $6 and $7 a square foot for land, Westcor defended its winning bid of $1.57 a square foot.

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