Mohegan Lawsuit Advances; Wynn Pays No Heed to It

 

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Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria

By Josh Resnek

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts allowed a lawsuit by Mohegan Sun against Wynn Resorts to proceed last Friday. The highest court in Massachusetts ruled that the lawsuit should return to a lower court for a decision.

But this might not mean much according to those familiar with the legal case. In addition, the judge handling the case in the Superior Court is believed to have very little interest in the case.

Some direct players in this casino game on the other side of the Wynn deal with the Gaming Commission and the city of Everett remain hopeful this could blow the cover off a flawed and favored Wynn suitability decision.

“Everyone knows about the gangster in the land deal and of Gaming Commission Chairman Steven Crosby’s relationship with one of the owners of the land. The land deal was corrupt. How it went down was corrupt,” said a source familiar with the case who wished to remain unnamed. Continue reading Mohegan Lawsuit Advances; Wynn Pays No Heed to It

How can you go on vacation when you’re already on vacation?

The mayor has gone on a vacation apparently to Italy.
Our understanding of the mayor’s vacation is that he is taking 18 days for himself.

Calls to his media manager Tom Philbin have not been returned.
Neither have e-mails.

The mayor’s vacation, if he has taken it, is a secret not to be talked about.

By every stretch of a worker’s imagination, 18 days is long vacation when you are the Mayor of Everett or anyone for that matter.. Continue reading How can you go on vacation when you’re already on vacation?

The Mayor’s Legal Expenses: Marchese Wants Answers

by Josh Resnek

Why is the mayor paying hefty monthly legal fees for criminal attorneys to represent him? This is a question Councillor Mike Marchese has raised in response to a Herald Leader investigative report last week which revealed the mayor has paid, and is likely continuing to pay, huge legal fees, so far $130,000, to criminal attorneys.

That report included detailed records of the payments made, when they were made, who they were paid, to and how much they were.

The criminal attorney fees are all being paid from the mayor’s campaign account.
The bulk of the fees have been paid to Greenberg Traurig, a huge national law firm with an office at International Place in Boston. Greenberg Traurig specializes in representing individuals involved in Federal investigations and other criminal matters.

Marchese says the mayor paying such fees from month to month indicates something could be wrong. He said a number of his constituents and friends asked him questions about the report over the weekend.

“This is not just about the mayor, rather, it is about the city and the right to know if he’s facing criminal legal problems,” said Marchese. “If the mayor is facing a legal problem, a criminal investigation by the FBI and the US Attorney’s office, then I believe the council as a whole needs to know what’s up. The mayor needs to meet with us and let us know what’s going on,” Marchese told the Leader Herald.

Marchese said he will be filing a motion for the entire council to meet in executive session with the mayor within two weeks to let him discuss the matter and to explain exactly what is going on.

The mayor did not answer a request for comments on the matter. Several councilors reached by the Leader Herald declined to comment until the mayor was given the right to explain what exactly is going on.

“Every councilor has a responsibility to the city charter, which requires us to ask questions of the mayor if we believe the well being of the city might be compromised,” Marchese said. “Everett as a host city could be at risk if the mayor is in trouble,” Marchese added.

When Gaming Commission spokesperson Elaine Driscoll was asked whether or not the city’s host city status could be effected if the mayor is under a Federal investigation or another criminal matter, she said she wouldn’t answer a hypothetical comment.

“I decline to comment,” she said.

In answer to a question asking whether or not anyone on the Gaming Commission was under criminal investigation, Driscoll said, “No.”

An e-mail request to Greenberg Traurig’s Director of Media Operations, Lourdes Brezo Martinez, for information about the representation being provided by the law firm for the mayor was unsuccessful.

Mayor Paying Criminal Lawyers From Campaign Account: $130,000 in Legal Fees

Mayor Carlo DeMaria has paid $130,000 in legal fees to criminal attorneys which appears to coincide with a Federal investigation into wrongdoing that remains ongoing, published reports and a review of his campaign finance expenditures reveal.

The bulk of the payments disbursed for legal fees were paid from the mayor’s campaign account to a major national law firm specializing in criminal defense with an office in Boston and a North Shore criminal attorney – now a Superior Court judge.

The mayor refused to detail reasons for hiring and paying criminal attorneys except to say he has consulted from time to time outside counsel to obtain strategic advice in connection with his duties as a public official. Continue reading Mayor Paying Criminal Lawyers From Campaign Account: $130,000 in Legal Fees