|Larry Otter, Esq.|
That's a comment from the Gracedale Gang, before today's hearing on their fourth request for attorney fees as a result of my decision to challenge the Gracedale Initiative Petition. Before things ever got started, things became tense as Larry Otter got into a shouting match with Chris Spadoni, the attorney representing the Elections Commission.
Otter wanted the Voter Registrar to testify, but she has been on leave and is unavailable. Otter failed to return three of Spadoni's calls, and when they finally did connect, Otter hung up on Spadoni. Today, Otter berated Spadoni for failing to bring in another employee, even though he had never asked for anyone.
Back in March, Otter told Channel 69 that we might be going to jail, was demanding a criminal investigation, and people being people, they were ready to believe the worst. Angle and I were tried, convicted and sentenced, without having a word of defense on our behalf. In the Recorder of Deeds, where I search titles, a number of the other searchers spoke in hushed tones about my problem. Many of them hoped for the worst.
The truth was told today. Otter's motion was frivolous on its face, and was chucked by Judge Baratta without a word of testimony. When Larry Otter was forced to try his case in Court, instead of in the newspapers and WFMZ-TV69, he did not fare so well. Baratta made it very clear that there was no evidence of any improper conduct by me, Ron Angle, John Stoffa or John Conklin.
From the bench, he stated he would refuse to reconsider Otter's request for attorney fees.
During the course of their exchange, when Otter tried to claim this case is just like Bonusgate, Barratta stated, "Except it's not." The Court also took issue with Otter's claim that this is a "partisan" issue. Instead, he called Otter's motion a "hybrid surcharge," concluding that Otter wants Angle and I to pay for the County's supposed misconduct. "There's a disconnect there," he said.
When Otter told the Court that he'll be back, Baratta replied, "I'm appropriately warned."
I said a total of five words. "Good Morning" when the Court came in, and "No, your Honor," when the Court asked, "Mr. O'Hare, you don't have anything to add, do you?"
All the taunting, the Gracedale Gang in the courtroom, and even the presence of Barron von Footinmouth, was to no avail. Despite all the braying they do anonymously, not one of them ghad the courage to say a word in Court or to me.