Don Bauder 5:30 p.m., March 10
Tentative Ruling: Judge Won't Throw Out Kessler Suit
In a tentative ruling this afternoon (Oct. 14), Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer turned down the City of San Diego's attempt to have the Kessler vs. San Diego suit thrown out, or at least parts of it thrown out. The final ruling will be tomorrow morning. Kessler was deputy director of the Economic Development Division. He cooperated with an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a San Diego Police detective into activities of Little Italy political powerhouse Marco Li Mandri and convicted felon Joe Mannino. The exhaustive investigation charged that the two engaged in corruption. However, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis did not do anything with the case. Kessler sued the City. Judge Meyer says that Kessler's job was protected by law and he couldn't be fired for such activity. The City said Kessler was fired for budgetary reasons, but the City couldn't show that Kessler's job was eliminated because of the budget. There was also a lot of testimony showing that Mayor Sanders's office was mad at Kessler for his cooperation. On July 9, Meyer ruled that Sanders had to give a deposition. He has been deposed, says Corey Hanrahan, one of Kessler's attorneys.