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— Grand jury foreman Peter DiRenza says that the report went to the Superior Court by mid-October of 1998 but sat on two judges' desks until the day before the early November election. On the Friday before the election, one judge held an ex parte meeting with representatives of the city, CCDC, and a prominent ballpark-touting lawyer falsely claiming to represent the port, says DiRenza. DiRenza was not invited. It was mid-Monday, the day before the election, when he finally got the report cleared. The Union-Tribune chopped up and buried the story. The rest is pathetic history that will, unfortunately, be repeated over and over until the people demand competence and honesty in their government and private institutions.

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