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Does University Place's secret civil settlement constitute a "burying of
(Aug 31, 2006)
Boise,ID – The Idaho
Statesman’s editorial on Aug 30, 2006 read: "State
agencies can't bury public info."
They were referencing, of course, the recent Idaho Supreme Court’s ruling
that the Ag Dept and the private cattle industry can’t hide public info by
having the Ag Dept pass controversial public dairy info to the cowboys, the
Idaho Cattle Association, and pretending it, therefore, is private and not
whaddaya think, Margie? Does the Univ Place's $28 million secret civil
settlement last April 2006 constitute a “burying of public info?” We have
several major points to consider:
participants in the Univ Place mess include a public institution, the U of
I. That means the sources of the settlement must be made public and not
of the insurers itself is a public institution, the State of Idaho Dept of
Admin - Risk Management Group, insurer for the State of Idaho and its
employees. How much did the public pay via this state insurer?
Great American Insurance Co is the insurer for the U of I, which is a public
institution. How much did Great American contribute?
UIF paid back "loans" that it allegedly illegally "borrowed" from the U of
I, a public institution.
ISU, a public institution, used taxpayer money to "purchase" UIF property,
which was originally purchased with taxpayer money routed from the U of I,
another public institution. What's this, the taxpayers paid off the
of this information seems to fall into the same category that the Idaho
Supreme Court just ruled upon in the cattle industry case RE information
clearly in the public's interest, especially since, in the Univ Place
fiasco, the public paid for the U of I litigation which was about $500,000
or up to 1/3 of the $2.5 mil given (from whom?) to the U of I in this
partially secret settlement. Most all of the parties in this settlement
were also either state employees or acting on boards of state institutions
while simultaneously acting as private workers (the lawyers, for example).
Covering up this huge civil, and possibly criminal, fiasco with "secret"
sources of financial settlements from public and private insurance
sources AND exonerating all parties except Cryptic Partners is part and
parcel of Idaho's ongoing Closed Door political philosophy in which the
Idaho judicial system often participates as one of the perps.
Idaho's only hope for justice in the Univ Place affair lies with US Attorney
Allan Garten and the latest info he received RE "who done what to whom" from
Deep Throat II, author of Boise's Watergate. If Garten doesn't act
or Cryptic doesn't sing like a canary for immunity at a grand jury, all the
perps will probably skate free and Boise's Watergate will happen
all over again. -- FM Duck
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