By: Diane Benjamin
The lawyer the City of Bloomington hired to investigate the computer usage of Nikita Richards was John Redlingshafer. According to his profile he specializes in: https://www.lawyers.com/peoria/illinois/John-Redlingshafer-3448847-a/
- Aviation & Airports
- Business and Commercial Litigation
Nothing is mentioned about his ability to investigate computers and browser history. Experts do exist that could have done a real investigation, the City hired the person they wanted instead.
The report issued supposedly clearing Nikita was obtained by FOIA. See it here: Final Report on Independent Investigation of Nikita Richards
In this story I questioned numerous websites: https://blnnews.com/2018/10/12/gleason-cant-find-a-problem-with-nikita/
One of the websites was mentioned in the report: wellstone.org
The lawyer asked Nikita about it, she said she has never heard of it, so no problem!
Also ignored was the Facebook conversation Nikita had with Kevin Gerrard during working hours. (See the same story)
All of the other websites associated with campaigning were ignored or chalked up to “pop ups”.
The lawyer proclaimed the endless time spent on Amazon as shopping for the City. As I explained in this article: https://blnnews.com/2018/08/30/part-2-nikita-richards/ nothing was bought for the City from Amazon with a PCard listed under HR during the time period of the browser history I received. For the entire month nothing was bought either.
Kevin Gerrard sent the City links for how to retrieve IM and Yahoo chat messages. It appears those were never checked.
Read the report for yourself. It sounds like a lawyer who knows nothing about computers wrote it. Decide for yourself if Nikita is really innocent.
If you live in Bloomington congrats. You paid for the report.