And–if my courtroom recollections and observations of you over the years–serves me correctly–Tom Nolan–you are one of the best in the business at digging the truth out of even the most recalcitrant and obstinate witnesses.
I would be thrilled and no doubt entertained–to see the famous Tom Nolan cross–examine/box the ears off–Palo Alto Police Department lieutenant April Wagner. In fact I would sell tickets to what would surely be a dog & pony show of the first order.
My educated guess is that Lt. April Wagner would be on her feet about one round–and would–shortly thereafter–most quickly–retreat to her corner–after being knocked to the courtroom floor, by way of a TKO–after a series of left and right cross–examination questions–verbal jabs-to her brain–administered by Mr. Nolan’s well developed vocal cords and skilled verbal pummeling.
But, Mr. Tom Nolan-to be consistent–with your display of righteous indignation re the ineptitude and lack of professionalism of Lt. April Wagner–and since you are a member of the PAPD’s “secret police citizen’s committee”–whose meetings do not allow for public/press attendance or oversight–why not exercise some of that same righteous indignation–re these behind closed doors secret police meetings–and demand that all future meetings–of this secret police citizens council–be opened to the press and members of the public? Don’t you think it’s time!!!
Need I say, Mr. Nolan–that you, of all people–the former president of the largest criminal defense attorney organization in the state–California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) are all too familiar with Star Chambers–Kangaroo Courts—and how justice administered behind closed doors–often means no justice at all.
So now I implore you to throw a punch or two–of your mighty legal skills–against the closed doors of the secret police committee–and demand the same fairness and transparency–for the people of Palo Alto–that you have so eloquently demanded for the many clients you have represented against the awesome power and resources of the state–as you build your reputation as one of California’s best & brightest criminal defense attorneys.
It’s time, Tom Nolan–to throw down your righteous indignation and stand-up and demand that PAPD Chief Dennis Burns –open the doors to participatory democracy. To do anything less is to dishonor your amazing career and reputation for standing-up for–Justice for All!!!!
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