Gloucester County supervisors explain...

Gloucester County supervisors explain their decision to pass legal bills on to taxpayers

There are 21 comments on the WTKR story from Nov 19, 2009, titled Gloucester County supervisors explain their decision to pass legal bills on to taxpayers. In it, WTKR reports that:

They spoke publicly for the first time to NewsChannel 3 and explained their side of the story.

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Keith Haggerty Gloucester

Gloucester, VA

#1 Nov 19, 2009
They were crooked and knew it. The court system made sure they got a judge that would help them escape justice. Im just glad that one of the bad seeds is out in January. She can no longer dictate law in Gloucester. Im not a Danny Stuck fan either but Im glad he did something good for once in his life.
concerned and sick of it

Gloucester, VA

#2 Nov 19, 2009
Please tell me when we, as taxpayers, voters and citizens of The United States of America should keep quite and not question those that we put in a position of power when their actions seem shady and down right WRONG!!!
concerned and sick of it

Gloucester, VA

#3 Nov 19, 2009
Nobody has asked for Woodard's forgivness but maybe he should ask for the forgivness from the Gloucester citizens that they have screwed!!!!
How much is too much

Gloucester, VA

#4 Nov 19, 2009
How would you like to be paid $575/hr?

Sounds outrageous doesn't it?

This simple question just starts to shed light on how the legal defense for the four supervisors could possible build to such exorbinant levels. If it costs $343,000 to pay lawyers for this case, what would it cost if there was actually discovery and a full blown trial.

The supervisors like to say that they did nothing illegal ... and that may be the case But that is not the burden for the civil action/petition for removal.
Bottom line, the supervisors used the citizens open wallet to hire the highest paid attorneys working many hours to steam roll the pettioners. The petitioners never had a chance.

Why would anyone ever bother to petition again in the future? They know that a group of lawyers making $575/hr will spend hundreds of hours and get the petitions thrown out on a technicality. Then in the end, the tax payers must pay the fee.
speaching up now

Hayes, VA

#5 Nov 19, 2009
I feel those 4 supervisors are wrong and are hiding things they have done wrong. That's why all the closed door meetings. Their doing what they want and not want the people of Gloucester want or need. Use your insurance and not our taxes. Going after Hicks is totally wrong he was doing his job for the people of Gloucester. Whether it's a small group or a large one Hicks were doing his job. So are you all going after the Daily Press next. Or maybe the little rock you hit your toe on. I wish you all (4) got voted out, your doing more harm then good for this county.
outrageous

Fredericksburg, VA

#6 Nov 20, 2009
these 4 are, IMHO, the most self serving bunch on the face of the earth. Come Jan.1, the three left can just sit there with their mouths shut. Your two years of power time is over.
Yeah Woodard, you should be asking for OUR forgiveness!
onesided

Mechanicsville, VA

#7 Nov 20, 2009
These interviews are so damned one sided. Where are the interviews with Ms. Theberge and Mr. Allen? Perhaps a talk with the petitioners? I see no mention from Ressler about how they acted on Jan. 2/3 in 2008. THAT is why the petitions were formed.
WTKR

Chicago, IL

#8 Nov 20, 2009
onesided wrote:
These interviews are so damned one sided. Where are the interviews with Ms. Theberge and Mr. Allen? Perhaps a talk with the petitioners? I see no mention from Ressler about how they acted on Jan. 2/3 in 2008. THAT is why the petitions were formed.
Ms. Theberge is included in the story. Mr. Allen declined an opportunity to be interviewed for the story. Several petitioners were also contacted for the story and were either not willing or not available to be interviewed.
Think about it

Nevada, MO

#9 Nov 20, 2009
One sided? Well, those four were the ones who started this mess. They were the ones who voted to have the county pay their $343,000.00 and had their attorney's pick up the checks the next day. I just wonder what will happen if the petitioner's attorney is successful with the appeal and the Supreme Court of Va. agrees with his pleadings and moves that the attorney's fees shouldn't be paid by the petitioners OR the county. Will the county sue the sitting supervisors, Ressler, Woodard and Crewe, to recoup the money? And Altemus won't be around to vote against that. Now that would be poetic justice.

Just think if the county won a judgement against those three remaining supervisors, while they are still on the board, would the county garnish their paychecks?*L* Now that would be rich.
Poor

Richmond, VA

#10 Nov 20, 2009
WTKR, thanks for parachuting in two years after all of this began. It would have been nice if your reporter had done a little research before he gave Mr. Woodard and Ms. Ressler a platform to spin their story. Thousands of citizens signed the petitions. Hundred of us have gone to dozens of public meetings and expressed our displeasure. 82% of voters in the York district acted to turn out the leader of the fab four on election day. Did you have some free time you need to fill? Thanks for the exclusive, the utterly worthless exclusive. Do us a favor keep covering important stories like "Lunchtime Facelifts". You are totally clueless about what Ms. Ressler, Mr. Woodard, Mr. Crewe and soon to be former supervisor Altemus have done to Gloucester.
Think about it

Douglas, WY

#11 Nov 21, 2009
After listening to the complete interviews of both Ressler and Woodard, I felt sick. But the one thing that makes me believe they are still spinning this thing is they both believe there is a "silent majority" that supports them. This "silent majority" didn't act in time to make the small minority get all the facts. So the "silent majority is to blame for not speaking up. All I can say is that the "silent majority" didn't live in the York District.

And when Ressler said they did this so that others could run for office without fear of being persecuted unjustly. She actually felt that no one would run for office if her cohorts hadn't slipped through various loopholes and shady dealings and hadn't fought this with the highest priced attorney's available (these are my words about the high priced attorneys). Well, Carter Borden and John Northstein didn't mind taking that chance. But maybe the people saw them as honest men willing to what is best for the county and not what's best for them and knew no one would try and recall them for doing what is best for the county.

Can't wait until they take office and see where this goes from here.
Ghost Writer

Leavenworth, KS

#12 Nov 21, 2009
How much is too much wrote:
How would you like to be paid $575/hr?
Sounds outrageous doesn't it?
This simple question just starts to shed light on how the legal defense for the four supervisors could possible build to such exorbinant levels. If it costs $343,000 to pay lawyers for this case, what would it cost if there was actually discovery and a full blown trial.
The supervisors like to say that they did nothing illegal ... and that may be the case But that is not the burden for the civil action/petition for removal.
Bottom line, the supervisors used the citizens open wallet to hire the highest paid attorneys working many hours to steam roll the pettioners. The petitioners never had a chance.
Why would anyone ever bother to petition again in the future? They know that a group of lawyers making $575/hr will spend hundreds of hours and get the petitions thrown out on a technicality. Then in the end, the tax payers must pay the fee.
Some of us get paid $1020/hr. So why didn't you set your goals high like those of us with brains?
Build a Bridge

Gloucester, VA

#13 Nov 28, 2009
As a Gloucester Taxpayer, I feel that the 40 Petitioners should be responsible for ALL of the fees!!! Why should the taxpayers who understood that the issues should be settled in the voting booth be forced to ante up for any of the fees?
Good Laugh

Aylett, VA

#14 Dec 3, 2009
Build a Bridge wrote:
As a Gloucester Taxpayer, I feel that the 40 Petitioners should be responsible for ALL of the fees!!! Why should the taxpayers who understood that the issues should be settled in the voting booth be forced to ante up for any of the fees?
So start a petition. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Cym

Norfolk, VA

#15 Dec 4, 2009
Good Laugh wrote:
<quoted text>
So start a petition. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Actually, there may be one soon to recall Hicks. So HOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHO, to you!
Cym

Norfolk, VA

#16 Dec 4, 2009
Why not one for Sabo too?
Cym

Norfolk, VA

#17 Dec 4, 2009
One for Digby?
Good Laugh

Aylett, VA

#18 Dec 4, 2009
Get busy then Cymbecile
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Cym

Norfolk, VA

#19 Dec 4, 2009
Dude, have you thought about joining the Grinch Society?
Good Laugh

Aylett, VA

#20 Dec 4, 2009
Cym wrote:
Dude, have you thought about joining the Grinch Society?
I wouldn't want to join any group that would have you as a member.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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