By: Diane Benjamin
The reason the courts move so slow is lawyers. The attorney for Kelly Klein filed a motion to dismiss yesterday, but he didn’t sound optimistic when he filed it. The State’s Attorney has 14 days to respond, then another 14 days for rebuttal by the defense, and 7 more for another reply before the next hearing January 11th. Klein’s lawyer stated whatever charges are left, maybe all of them, can be discussed then. Klein’s lawyer had just received his 4th discovery request.
Bart Rogers was also in court His attorney wants 2 months to review what she thinks will be thousand of documents requested from the City of Bloomington.
I can’t imagine what documents she requested or how much staff time it took to gather them. The City failed to supervise the management of the taxpayer owned arena, maybe she’s looking for documents confirming it. FOIA requests I received showed very little written correspondence between CIAM and the City.
All of this could have been avoided if BMI Concessions hadn’t been allowed to hide concession receipts. The City owned the Point of Sale equipment. The contract gave the City authority to inspect anything they wanted at the Arena. Receipts and money deposited could have been compared. The media could have reported the actual audited loses instead of the much lower losses CIAM reported.
Unfortunately, nobody from the City has been charged. The Bloomington taxpayers are stuck paying.