Tony Ciampi keeps throwing and landing legal punches’, motions and city attorney Donald Larkin is becoming increasingly frustrated as the city of Palo Alto’s top attorney attempts to recover from repeated blows.
All from a man with no formal legal experience or educational background in fact, his office is his van and his vast legal library is powered by Google.
This is a story against all odds. As reported in the Daily Post Wednesday , Dec 15th Mr. Larkin is reported as saying, “The problem we run into is that he’s looking for things that don’t exist . He wants the smoking gun that shows that we did things we didn’t do. He’ll never be satisfied”.
In reality, what Mr. larkin is strongly objecting to is Mr. Ciampi’s unorthodox approach to lawful discoveries.
Any forensic audio investigator worth his salt will go the distance to uncover any traces of video, voice and or data manipulation as alleged by Mr. Ciampi.
Let’s not forget too, this is David against Goliath. The city of Palo Alto has unlimited resources at their disposal and the powerful backing of whatever outside counsel of its choosing.
Mr. Ciampi has his mobile sleeper office, his van which Jay Thorwaldon of the Weekly in an editorial, was pushing the city of Palo Alto to have removed from its streets. Conspiracy? The Weekly has always been pro-police and has one of it’s reporters sitting on the commission of the Palo Alto human relations committee.
That is to say Jay feels the homeless (non-conventionally housed) , disenfranchised; those who sleep in their cars are the blight of the city and should drive elsewhere.
It would not surprise me if Mr. larkin decides to claim Mr. Ciampi to be vexatious in the filing of his motions. But, let’s not forget one very important aspect of Mr. Ciampi’s motions.
Consider this. After being filed and reviewed by a judge for sound reasonableness, they have been stamped – Motion Granted. For that matter, I don’t believe any of Mr. Ciampi’s motions have been denied.
Perhaps this is the real root cause of Mr. Larkin’s frustration.
I left a voice mail message with Mr. Larkin requesting further comment on the Daily Posts story. However, they continue to deny, access (“Blacklist”) PaloAltoFreePress. com from any news media follow-up.