Yesterday on The Daily Weekly Nina Shapiro delved deeper into alleged cop killer Christopher Monfort's TV -- and the suicide attempt that apparently helped him get it. Carla Balducci, the director of King County's Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, told Shapiro that she wasn't deliberately hiding anything in October when she failed to mention Monfort's suicide attempt while explaining why jail officials chose to give him the TV. Balducci chalks the situation up to an unusual court order that limits what information can be given out about Monfort.
Not everyone was buying Balducci's excuse.
As the post notes:
The order, signed by King County Superior Court Judge Ronald Kessler back in December 2009, restricts what information Balducci's department can give out about Monfort, for whom prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Officials can't disclose, other than to defense counsel, what experts are visiting Monfort or whether his attorneys are getting his medical records. "The real kicker," though, says Balducci, is a provisions that requires department staff to bring any public records requests to the judge before responding to them.
"We don't usually have orders like that," Balducci says. Indeed, Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, says he's not sure whether such an order has ever been issued before.
Neither Balducci nor Goodhew could say why Kessler felt the order was necessary, other than that the Momfort case is high-profile with life and death at state. "My assumption is [Kessler] wants to preserve Monfort's right to a fair jury," Goodhew says. As he recalls, the order followed a large public information request by The Seattle Times that the defense objected to.
To which commenter garymullinsjr responds:
"Balducci concedes that the order may not apply to situations in which she's simply answering reporters' questions"
In other words, the excuse she's publicly making now is no more legit than the excuse she privately made then.
The jail lied (by omission) about the real reasons for the TV, intentionally allowing the media and public to believe a story that officials knew was untrue.
All to protect an accused cop killer. Makes you sick.