Thursday, May 01, 2008

Why wasn't Bonnie Dumanis' Public Integrity Unit interested in this case?

Voice of San Diego

DA Won't Prosecute Tom Story

So the charges have been formally dismissedagainst former Sunroad executive Tom Story, and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has released a statement saying she won't be bringing charges either.

A recap: Story was the former city official who was hired by Sunroad Enterprises and then became embroiled in the scandal over a building in Kearny Mesa that violated Federal Aviation Authority guidelines. Story was charged with violating lobbying laws by City Attorney Mike Aguirre.

But Aguirre was thrown off the case because a judge ruled he had violated ethical rules. That has left the prosecution of Story in something of a legal limbo.

Earlier this month, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis released a statement saying that she would at least consider bringing charges against Story. Now, Dumanis states that her office does not have jurisdiction to bring charges against Story.

There is one other way Story could be charged. Earlier this month, apparently on the advice of Dumanis, Mayor Jerry Sanders asked the City Council to consider hiring a special prosecutor to go after Story.

The City Council reached a deadlock, voting 4-4, which meant that no special prosecutor was appointed.

Story, it seems, is free to go about his business.

April 30, 2008

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