The [Thursday] Papers
I've got a lot of material for our Politics section I'd like to get to between now and Tuesday - including our legendary Beachwood Voters' Guide - so I'll post as I can from today until then. You'll just have to keep coming back.
To that end, I'll hold my fire here on the U.S. Senate race, the congressional campaigns and the county assessor race and get on with the rest of the news.
"Defendant's motion is founded in substantial part on the well-known principle that if a lawyer cannot attack the law or the facts in a criminal prosecution, the only recourse is to attack the prosecutor," [federal judge James] Zagel said. "One aspect of the case that makes it clear that the defense had no attack on the law or the facts . . . is that defense counsel did not, and correctly so, choose to attack the evidence" of Blagojevich's guilt on the lone count of conviction."
Of course, Blago's defense lawyers attacked Zagel's rulings in their appeal so now it goes to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the real action takes place.
City Stuck Up
And here is the most aggravating part of the fiasco:
"Chicago-based SecureMark Decal Company is the company that won the five year contract to supply the City Clerk's office with city vehicle stickers and residential parking permit guest passes in March of 2010. Their bid came in about $300,000 lower over the length of the contract.
"But from the moment Chicago's Procurement Services Department announced SecureMark as the winning bidder, City Clerk Miguel del Valle began his opposition to SecureMark's contract. Del Valle sent Procurement a letter dated March 4th, 2010 asking them to ignore the low bid. Instead, del Valle asked Procurement to assign the contract to a company the Clerk's office had worked with for years - The Standard Register Company.
"Del Valle pointed out in his letter that the State of New York Department of Motor Vehicles, less than a year earlier, had experienced a well publicized problem with defective decals from SecureMark.
"They didn't stick.
"In fact, according to an October 14, 2009 article from New York Newsday, of the 13.4 million DMV decals ordered, over 5 million were defective. Ultimately, according to the Newsday piece, SecureMark agreed to replace 1.4 million DMV decals.
"Despite del Valle's reservations, Procurement went forward and awarded SecureMark the contract on April 8, 2010 for nearly $960,000."
Disclaimer: I have a business relationship with The Parking Ticket Geek.
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Posted on October 28, 2010
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