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News :: Politics
By Kevin McCrea. Open Meeting Law trial started today Tuesday, December 12, 2006
13 Dec 2006
By Kevin McCrea
http://electkevin.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Open Meeting Law trial started today

Today in Suffolk Superior Court, room 304,
Judge Connolly presiding, the Open Meeting Law case started.

Because the burden of proof is on the defendants to prove
their innocence, they present their evidence first.

This is different from typical law because the framers of the
statute understood that the public is at a disadvantage about
knowing what goes on if people are not meeting in the prescribed
manner of Open Meetings.

Councilor Feeney was the first witness called. She explained
how she changed the pay categories and the pay scales for a large
number of municipal employees on her own without speaking to the
Mayor or any other councilor or anyone else.

According to her, no councilors asked her any questions or
requested information and no questions were asked of her at the
Boston City Council meeting on May 3, 2006 when the pay raises
for the council, the mayor and a large number of city workers
were approved in 6 minutes.

Councilor Turner was the second witness.
His testimony was short.

Tomorrow, defense counsel has informed the court that
Councilors Murphy, Ross and Flaherty will take the stand.

http://electkevin.blogspot.com/
By Kevin McCrea
By Kevin McCrea
http://electkevin.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Open Meeting Law trial started today

Today in Suffolk Superior Court, room 304,
Judge Connolly presiding, the Open Meeting Law case started.

Because the burden of proof is on the defendants to prove
their innocence, they present their evidence first.

This is different from typical law because the framers of the
statute understood that the public is at a disadvantage about
knowing what goes on if people are not meeting in the prescribed
manner of Open Meetings.

Councilor Feeney was the first witness called. She explained
how she changed the pay categories and the pay scales for a large
number of municipal employees on her own without speaking to the
Mayor or any other councilor or anyone else.

According to her, no councilors asked her any questions or
requested information and no questions were asked of her at the
Boston City Council meeting on May 3, 2006 when the pay raises
for the council, the mayor and a large number of city workers
were approved in 6 minutes.

Councilor Turner was the second witness.
His testimony was short.

Tomorrow, defense counsel has informed the court that
Councilors Murphy, Ross and Flaherty will take the stand.

http://electkevin.blogspot.com/
By Kevin McCrea
See also:
http://electkevin.blogspot.com

This work is in the public domain
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