City Paper is not for tourists
Today, I wrote up a piece about how Office of Attorney General lawyers were/are furious with fire department brass. What’s the reason for their anger? A shoddy investigation into the Georgetown Library fire that has become the subject of a massive lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court. The shoddy investigation means a lot of problems with basics like discovery and evidence requests by plaintiffs attorneys.
In my item (linked above, please read it!), I quote from two OAG lawyers’ e-mails to the fire department. The two attorneys call out the department for their potentially damaging stonewalling on the discovery, and question whether fire investigators followed basic national standards when they worked the Georgetown library case.
In my calls to the OAG prior to publishing the piece (linked above, please read it!), I got nowhere. Nothing much beyond no comment, it’s pending litigation, the usual.
A few hours after my item ran (linked above, please read it!), OAG’s Kimberly Matthews called to say she really, really wanted to see those e-mails. Could I please send them to her?
I wondered aloud to Matthews: Why would you need me to give you e-mails your own people sent? Couldn’t you get the e-mails another way like by asking the attorneys that sent them? After all, the e-mails were sent by her people.
I told her no dice.
I wonder if this is a ploy to try and figure out who leaked me those e-mails? Or am I just being paranoid?