March 31, 2009
Sharkansky 1, King County 0

My public records lawsuit against King County, over their serial failures to release documents about the 2004 election in a timely fashion, is scheduled for trial in Snohomish County Superior Court on April 15.

King County, hoping to avoid trial, filed a frivolous motion for summary judgment. Their motion was scheduled to be heard this morning. Unfortunately (for King County), the county's legal department screwed up and failed to confirm the hearing. [hint: it only takes about 48 seconds to fill out the online form]. The hearing was stricken from the calendar and I did not agree to reschedule. Today was the last day for summary judgment before the trial date.

Thanks for the own goal, guys!

The county's lawyer "took full responsibility" for the non-confirmation, but will nevertheless ask for a new trial date so she can get another chance to have her risibly meritless summary judgment motion heard. Sheesh.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at March 31, 2009 06:40 PM | Email This
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1. Out of curiosity, who is the county lawyer at work on this case?

Posted by: Tim B. on March 31, 2009 07:01 PM
2. And it will no doubt be granted by a biased, liberal WA judge, more interested in procedural machinations than justice.

The law is just something to work around when the end goal is enduring control.

Posted by: Jeff B. on March 31, 2009 07:06 PM
3. Our tax dollars pay for this 'crackerjack' county legal department, eh?

Congrats on round one! "-)

Posted by: Michele on March 31, 2009 07:23 PM
4. King Kounty tax dollars at work!
And KLOWNS kontinue to wonder why the Kounty is in such a mess.
Duh.

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on March 31, 2009 07:25 PM
5. BFD You still have to make it through any 'trial'. My guess is this will be thrown out. Sounds like someone still has a black eye over 2004 Such losers!

Posted by: gop in exile on March 31, 2009 07:47 PM
6. I hope both Ron Sims and Dean Logan get subpoenaed to testify at trial.

Posted by: Methow Ken on March 31, 2009 08:31 PM
7. #5 - You may be eating crow. 2004 was caused by ACORN and they are a boil on the buttocks of humanity.


- Never trust a Progressive

Posted by: KS on March 31, 2009 09:11 PM
8. Why am I not surprised by the incompetency of Cook county de norte....err King County and its loyal apparatchicks within the legal department. Most likely, some liberal ideologue in black robes will no doubt decide that it's time to move past the miscarriage of justice committed in the election and just dismiss the case outright, but I'm glad you're taking the fight to the bastards responsibile for the chicanery in 2004 anyway.

and for Goldy's floater @ 5:
- the last time I heard the term BFD thrown around, it was by my 14 year old sister circa 1986. You need some fresh material, troll.

Posted by: Rick D. on March 31, 2009 09:13 PM
9. Hey Stefan.....The County's lawyer didn't screw up. She and the County are deliberately putting you through a long excruciating exercise as punishment for daring to question them and your efforts in requiring them to release the documents about the 2004 elections. They will drag this out forever if they can just, wait and see. These people are Criminal parasites living off the Tax Payer. They lie and steal, fix elections and do whatever they can to protect their positions and expand their power. They will stall, delay, and cost you as much time and money as they can. You may have a few honest people in Government but, most of them are Criminals plain and simple. They are the same class of people who will get behind anybody who is in power whether that individual is Stalin, Hitler or any other despot no matter how vicious and cruel they may be.

Posted by: Daniel on March 31, 2009 09:13 PM
10. JeffB@2 writes, "it will no doubt be granted by a biased, liberal WA judge, more interested in procedural machinations than justice."

I think you have that backwards. Wouldn't you consider the need to fill out an online form to confirm a hearing to be a "procedural machination"?

Posted by: Bruce on March 31, 2009 09:22 PM
11. " Wouldn't you consider the need to fill out an online form to confirm a hearing to be a 'procedural machination'?" ~ Bruce

...Since they were the ones that filed the motion for a summary judgment in the first place, No!, I'd call that "incompetence" on the County's part. What else can you call it?

Posted by: Rick D. on March 31, 2009 09:42 PM
12. give me a handful of bright-eyed summer legal interns with 1 well-trained chimp & we'll run circles around these "legal professionals"

Posted by: jimmie howya doin on March 31, 2009 09:52 PM
13. Rick D....You can call it what is....Will-full Incompetence as alluded to by my post @9.

Posted by: Daniel on March 31, 2009 10:02 PM
14. Spending April 15 in Superior Court watching King County's attempts to defend itself by tortured logic will be a grand celebration of Tax Day. Bring it on, and let this 'summary judgement' farce fail miserably.

Bonus for inquiring minds: read "The Whisperers" by Orlando Figes to see how groupthink in a population (um, sorta like the urban intellectuals of King County) can lead true believers to participate in self-abasement beyond belief. Those Soviet citizens actually believed that their parents must have been 'enemies of the people'.

Posted by: Insufficiently Sensitive on March 31, 2009 10:07 PM
15. I agree with #13 - they are feigning incompetence - playing the innocent incompetence. They really know what they are doing and it is all about believing they can get away with it. Character flaws indeed !

Posted by: KS on March 31, 2009 10:25 PM
16. This emblematic of what the legal profession has become. Its all about process and justice is irrelevant.

Posted by: deadwood on March 31, 2009 10:40 PM
17. Good Luck in Sno. Co. Plenty of bad judges there.

Posted by: School Marm on April 1, 2009 01:45 AM
18. yes #5 - the whole state of Washington has a black eye over 2004. And yes it is a BFD if elections departments don't release public information in a timely fashion, regardless of which party if any you choose.

Posted by: RookieRick on April 1, 2009 07:07 AM
19. Did the county's lawyer that took "full responsibility" happen to work for then AG Christine about the time she screwed up?

Posted by: PC on April 1, 2009 07:32 AM
20. Is this the same county legal team that missed the deadline to file an appeal a few years ago costing the county millions in punitive damages? They must still be to busy filling out additional ballots under ficticious names to worry about you!

Posted by: Skyfan on April 2, 2009 06:35 AM
21. Is this the same county legal team that missed the deadline to file an appeal a few years ago costing the county millions in punitive damages? They must still be to busy filling out additional ballots under ficticious names to worry about you!

Posted by: Skyfan on April 2, 2009 06:35 AM
22. That's hilarious, since KC is basically being sued for incompetence, so its ironic that they screwed up in trying to file for the summary judgement!

Posted by: Drew on April 2, 2009 04:20 PM
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