Tue, Apr 15, 2003
As you may recall, the Friends
of Meigs' first successful battle to save Meigs
field resulted in a TRO that gives all parties until May 16th to
cool off while what's left of Meigs remains undisturbed. An attempt
(by Chicago) to defeat the TRO has failed, and we have learned that
Daley's political bully machine was expected to file a motion
Monday to stay all attempts at Discovery until after the
next hearing. The purpose of this effort, by a so-called
government agency, is to keep the public from having
access to information behind the dealings associated with
Daley's Midnight sneak-attack on the airport last month.
The effort to 'stay' discovery is
expected to try to restrain the Friends of Meigs' lawyers (and a
number of other interested parties) from fully investigating the
details that led up to the March 31st destruction of the Meigs
runway... in seeming violation of FAA and other government regs. If
unsuccessful, Daley's efforts to bar discovery would mean that
interested parties could not force depositions of key PUBLIC
officials, who are alleged to have been involved, in various secret
(non-public) meetings in which the method and manner of Meigs'
demolition was decided. Mind you, this is a GOVERNMENT agency
asking for permission of the court to NOT answer questions
about their PUBLIC actions... an interesting and
potentially-devastating legal tactic that seems pretty
Welcome to Chicago, 'D.C. of the Midwest,' Where 'Hometown' Has
If the judge consents, the city and its park district could
avoid critical disclosures, considered "pertinent to the facts of
the case" -- until after May 16--and despite the fact that Friends
of Meigs attorneys have already requested documents and
depositions from Chicago officials. The Friends of Meigs'
legal team will have until today (Tuesday) to file a rebuttal, and
a hearing will be held before Judge Maki at 1100, tomorrow,
Wednesday, April 16.
A decision on the motion is expected to come fairly quickly.
[ANN Thanks the Friends of Meigs and the EAA for the heads-up on
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