Evelyn, in the post that you deleted you mentioned something about a $100,000 payout. May I ask, who is being made to pay $100,000 to whom?:
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 28 January 2016 at 15:04
According to the last communication from the defendants counsel payment to settle costs will be
received by Phyllis Morris ,Evalina MacEachern,Wendy Gaertner ,Stephen Granger, Al Wilson and John Gallo $100,000.
The defamatory statement ,written by a lawyer, signed by the above named , read into the public record ,posted on the town's world wide web site where it remained for sixteen months and published in two newspapers was all paid for with tax dollars....yours and mine .
After five years and completion of a five week long trial, instead of instructing the jury the judge dismissed them instead and allowed the defendants to change their defence, on paper, no public process, no witnesses called , no cross examination. Authority to do what they did was argued.
Previous defense before the jury was that I am a person motivated entirely by greed and my objective was to obtain a legacy for my children.
Nineteen months later in inquiry at the court, the file was described by court employees as stagnant;
stored in the archives
Finally , a thirty-nIne page decision, singularly lacking in judicial reasoning was delivered.
The complaint was dismissed, ruled more or less on the new defence of authority to publish and broadcast world wide a signed statement of recrimination against myself.
A claim for defendants's costs was forwarded in an area of $429,000.
My decision was to process a certificate to appeal the decision.
Failure to act could have meant seizure of my home and assets frozen.
The final agreement was to withdraw the appeal and pay $100,000.
The last communication spelled out names of the defendants as recipients of the settlement.
On September 9th 2014, a Vice President of the town's insurance company appeared as an invited delegate at a Council meeting. He disclosed $840,000. had been expended on behalf of the defendants of the litigation.
He also informed Council the normal process was for defendants to settle without a trial.
Insurance premiums were increased that year by 30% to recover the outlay.
The town's policy premiums are paid from the town treasury.
From taxes...yours and mine.
My legal counsel has advised, the defendants will not receive the settlement fee of $100,000.
March 26th is the deadline for payment.
Whatever....a question remains....