FOI CHAIRMAN ADMONISHES LYING LAWYER
FOR TACTIC TO DELAY PRODUCTION
OF WRITE-IN BALLOTS IN STOLEN ELECTION
Chinni: The Billing Records Are / Will Be In The Mail …
Upon Compliance With Commission Order,
Those Records Should Be Available For Anyone
Watch For New Developments
In The Famous Douche Bag Case,
aka Doninger V. Schwartz & Niehoff, et al …
By ANDY THIBAULT
The Cool Justice Report
June 13, 2008
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is available for reprint courtesy of The Cool Justice Report, http://cooljustice.blogspot.com
HARTFORD -- A huge fine would have been great.
But, a stern warning from the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission was as good as it got.
Commission Chairman Andrew O'Keefe, a highly-regarded Hartford lawyer, admonished attorney Christine Chinni Wednesday for her clumsy tap dance last year to sidetrack production of write-in ballots in a stolen election at Lewis Mills High School in Burlington.
O'Keefe warned Chinni not to repeat the maneuver in which she and former Superintendent Paula Schwartz initially denied the write-in ballots were available. A transcript and / or podcast of the warning and arguments about the case will be posted as they become available.
Tallies of the ballots showed Avery Doninger was elected as Secretary of the Class of 2008 at Lewis Mills. School bosses including Schwartz and Principal Karissa Niehoff refused to recognize the election results.
Doninger and other students sought redress of grievances against administrators last year after a battle of the bands called Jamfest was postponed a number of times and cancelled. They urged the public to speak up for them.
Schwartz rescheduled Jamfest after public pressure. A few weeks later, Schwartz's 36-year-old son trolled the Internet and found Doninger's personal blog post noting the event had been cancelled because of the douche bags in the central office.
Doninger was banned from running for office and school officials tampered with her disciplinary file under the direction of Chinni. Another student who wrote a blog post calling Schwartz a dirty whore received an award and was praised for her citizenship.
Schwartz refused to accept or acknowledge Doninger's written apology for her poor choice of words.
School officials refused to consider other options for punishing Doninger and now they face a trial in U.S. District Court.
Meanwhile, Chinni attempted to delay production of the uncensored billing records for her firm by another week. After discussion with the commission, she agreed to mail them by Monday, June 16, 2008. Those records are public documents and available for inspection by anyone. They should have been produced on Aug. 1, 2007.
Niehoff Suspended Without Pay For 2 Days