“Interested Citizen’s” curious attempt at damage control

and my response, which the Ledger refused to post.

Note: This article was written by ROBIN READER (612) and was originally published on her website Broken Arrow Forum on September 17, 2010, and reappears here on this blog with her permission.

Interested Citizen said regarding Ritze’s and Reynolds’ attempts to avoid their depositions, “I don’t blame them one bit for not giving their testimony until they are good and ready.”  

A curious statement.  Why would witnesses want to, or be allowed to, wait until “they are good and ready”?  All they are being asked is what they know now.  It’s not a test they have prepare for.  Yet they have been trying to avoid being deposed for the past 9 months.

But his statement makes sense in one context.  In the same context, so does Sisney’s statement that he’s waiting on the investigation results to know what his claims are, and so does Reynolds’ attempting to delay his deposition until the audit is released.  

The context, a hypothetical one of course, is this:

None of them have any evidence now.  They are expecting to have some when the audit is released.

So how do they know there is wrongdoing if they have no evidence?  They don’t.  How do they know the audit will report wrongdoing?   Maybe because they put the allegations in there.  Then all they had to do was hold on until their official “proof” came out.  No wonder Reynolds was so cranky about the delays.  It’s been getting harder and harder to avoid that darn deposition!

Too bad for them Auditor Burrage is insisting on including only allegations which have some basis in fact.  Now Reynolds is even crankier, and has to resort to attempting to discredit Burrage and the audit.  Meanwhile, he’s likely exhausted all his options for avoiding the deposition.  Sisney’s time to provide evidence in his lawsuit is running out too.

So now we know what Interested Citizen means by “when they’re good and ready”.  I would say it’s when the audit shows the “facts” they are waiting on – most probably “facts” they provided.

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