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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Will Silas Potter have his day in Court?

The Seattle Times is reporting that King County prosecutors plan to file first degree felony theft charges against Silas Potter Jr. for his role in the recent school district financial scandal. Others may be charged as well.

Mr. Potter has said that he was scapegoated and that people further up the org chart knew about everything he was doing. Given a chance in Court he might provide details about who knew about his activities.

10 comments:

Melissa Westbrook said...

Yes, Silas could tell quite the story (and, if investigated and found true, could spell trouble for several more people).

The investigation took so long because the KC Prosecutor's office had to go through several bank files by hand (and apparently the banks took their time getting all this data to their office). I agree with the comment at the Times that said better to do a slow, thorough job than a quick, sloppy one.

Sadly, this won't get straightened out until after the election. But anyone wondering about the role of the Board should know this certainly will stand an almost complete lack of oversight by the Board and in particular, Peter Maier.

dan dempsey said...

On YouTube ....

Do NOT miss Ricky Malone's analysis of the Silas Potter affair done in Testimony before the Seattle School Board on March 2, 2011 .... on MGJ's $274,000 Buyout day.

dan dempsey said...

On YouTube ...

Culture of School Board Failure

RosieReader said...

Are there any criminal defense lawyers who can comment? It seems to me that if Potter had ways to implicate others we would have heard about it long ago. But I'm not a criminal defense lawyer.

Melissa Westbrook said...

Well, Rosie, he wasn't about to be charged then. He has probably been sitting back cooling his heels and seeing if the KC Prosecutor would find anything.

He can't just use his word against others. He would need credible proof in order to get a deal. Silas doesn't strike me as a particularly organized guy so I don't know. It is hard to believe he did all this on his own.

For two years both the COO, the Superintendent and the Board saw the budget and approved the budget that had Potter's budget climb from $100k to $1M. You'd think that would have caught someone's eye.

WenD said...

@Rosie: I agree. I'd welcome input from a trial law mom or dad. We know that Peter Maier, a noted Lemon Law lawyer, will only say that he was "misled." Evidence says otherwise, but that's his his story and he's running with it. I think it's likely that KC will find more than one fish in this net.

JD said...

I suspect that the KC prosecutor has not spoken with Silas Potter. They would have had to read him his miranda rights and he would have, probably, invoked his 5th Amendment right to remain silent. However, if I were Silas, I would be willing to start ratting out anyone above me if it would get a lesser charge. And, if I were the King County prosecutor, I would welcome a plea deal if it included the ratting out of those higher ups in the know.

I hope there are some nervous folks out there worried about what Silas might have to say.

Michael H said...

"I suspect that the KC prosecutor has not spoken with Silas Potter. They would have had to read him his miranda rights and he would have, probably, invoked his 5th Amendment right to remain silent."

The Times article mentions that an SPD detective went to Florida to interview Silas. You do not have to be arrested to be interviewed by the police, and you don't have to be arrested to have your Miranda rights read to you. The Detective most likely Mirandized Potter before speaking with him. And, we can't tell from the article but the Detective(s) probably questioned him several times.

I'm not an attorney, but I believe that for him to get any kind of deal they would first have to charge him with something, otherwise they would not have leverage on him. Unless they found a true smoking gun piece of evidence. Maybe he already sang for them; thus the mystery people that the article referred to.

Melissa Westbrook said...

I have a good idea of who the man and woman may be. THEY may be the ones who could provide evidence to cut themselves a deal (especially the woman because if it's who I think it is - she worked for SPS).

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