Dominic DeGrazier 3:37 p.m., Sept. 21
Judge Permits Channel 10 to Use Videotape of Sanders Deposition in Kessler Case
Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer today (Oct. 19) turned down the City's attempt to block an open records request by Channel 10. The judge will permit the TV station to use the videotape of the deposition of Mayor Jerry Sanders in the Scott Kessler v. City of San Diego case. Also, Judge Meyers accepted the second amended complaint of Kessler, who was fired when the City learned that he had cooperated with the FBI and a San Diego Police detective in their investigation of alleged fraud by Little Italy political powerhouse Marco Li Mandri and his friend, convicted felon Paul (Joe) Mannino. (Despite the thoroughness of the investigation, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis refused to prosecute.) Earlier, the judge had ruled tentatively that the trial should go forward; the City was trying to get him to throw it out. Now, the City is making motions that delay the case, says Josh Gruenberg, attorney for Kessler. Doing so, the City is wasting money, says Gruenberg. "It is an effort to delay the inevitable, a trial on the merits," he says. I could not reach J.W. August, managing editor of 10 News.