We were hoping the judge would see through Sisney’s frantic attempts to evade his deposition, but it looks like the civil case will have to wait until the criminal case is completed. The judge has decided to allow the stay.
CANTRELL, DAMAN: PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR A TEMPORARY STAY, BECAUSE IT INVOLVES SIMILAR WITNESSES AND ATTORNEYS INVOLVED IN THE CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST HIM, AND WOULD IMPLICATE PLAINTIFF’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AGAINST SELF INCRIMINATION, IS HEREBY GRANTED. WHILE THE COURT IS MINDFUL OF THE INTERESTS OF THE DEFENDANTS IN RESOLVING THIS CASE, IT IS A SOMEWHAT UNIQUE SITUATION GIVEN THE INTERTWINEMENT OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL ISSUES IN BOTH CASES. MATTER WILL BE REVIEWED ON A STATUS CONFERENCE ON 3-25-13 AT 11:00 AM. (6 MONTHS). NOTICE MAILED TO RACHEL MOR AND KENT RAINEY
It’s disappointing that, just when it seemed like we were getting close to something happening, it’s on hold again. But some good is bound to come of the delay. On the positive side:
- If the civil case had been allowed to go forward with discovery, it’s very likely that Sisney would have tried to use some detail to claim he had been put at a disadvantage in the criminal case. As we have seen, his excuses don’t need to be legitimate or plausible in order to result in the delays and diversions he is seeking.
- There is more time for additional bad behavior on Sisney’s part (and that of his cohorts, including board members and state representatives Ritze and Reynolds) to come to light before the trial. I hope those who have evidence and testimony will bring it up.
- As the plaintiff in a case accusing others of vendor favoritism, Sisney’s credibility will be fittingly diminished if he has just been convicted of crimes relating to vendor favoritism.
Sisney’s excuses for wanting to delay the civil case are the same old worn-out attempts to portray the board ladies and their alleged hit man, Doug Mann, as irrationally and maniacally obsessed with destroying him. As always, he presents this picture, but offers no plausible explanation for their vendetta. The scenario he promoted through the media and his lawsuits was that they were “feverishly working against all reason” to prevent anyone from finding out about their illegal conspiracy to cheat the District through the contract with Air Assurance. This never really made sense, but any possible shreds of truth were obliterated when the audit revealed that there was no conflict of interest, no wrongful billing by Air Assurance, and nothing to even suggest any such operation. In fact, the only conspiracy the audit found was Sisney’s, in secretly negotiating and signing the Windstream contract and accepting the Final Four trip as a reward.
So if the board ladies had no corruption to hide, what is the basis for their diabolical quest to ruin him? He no longer has an answer, not even an improbable one. But as long as he is able to convince himself that he is the most important thing in their lives, he’ll stick with his game plan, as advised by his brother, Thurman Lee Sisney of Kentucky: “Stay the victim.” It must be getting harder, with no one left to blame for his predicament. But if anyone can pull it off, it’s Jim Sisney.