I notice a number of discrepancies and familiar patterns in the public statements. Very interesting.
From experience, I can note that sometimes the crimes and ethics violations committed by the investigating bodies can equal that of the original perpretators. For example, there was a case many years ago, in which financial irregularities were investigated by an independent consultant under the oversight of first a city and then a county attorney. Given the scale of embarrassment, the attorneys considered it wise to limit the results of the investigation and coerced the independent consultant, whose fee they were paying and who had local ties to the community, to omit certain facts from the report such that a reprimand was still in order but falling short of a prison sentence for the accused. This was a misguided attempt at salvaging community pride.
Picking up on various discrepancies that I noted, a civilian watchdog group alerted state and federal authorities. The result was that the independent consultant served a prison sentence for conspiracy to obstruct justice, which was later reduced. A number of city officials were also arraigned but escaped with severe fines when they finally cooperated with authorities.
I strongly urge the independent accountant, consulting attorney, and the city and county officials adopt a policy of complete honesty. If it were to be found, just as a wild example, that a federal fireams law was violated and that officials attempted to cover it up, there is enough legitimate reasons for the case to be referred to higher authorities by ordinary citizens in which case all those involved, especially the public officials, may face severe fines and prison sentences. Years of resentment can lead to many willing witnesses. All it takes is one citizen to file a complaint to the state and one witness to come forward.
Honesty as they say is the best policy.
[I copied the last couple topics into a new topic: SF Bay Area Theater Under Criminal Investigation
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