Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Wednesday, February 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Day 43° Clear

Community Comment

Did Queen Mary tell a whopper?

Good afternoon, Netizens...


It is entirely one thing when I, a lowly author of a Blog, takes Mayor Mary Verner to task for some of her perceived errors and gaffes, even tampering with her title by calling her “Queen Mary”. However, as of this morning we have an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Tim Durkin in a brief calling Queen Mary on the carpet over a so-called press conference held September 9, in front of City Hall.


It seems portions of the Frequently Asked Questions which were unveiled by Queen Mary during her impromptu Press Conference were outright fabrications. As you may recall Queen Mary called a harried press conference to discuss the City's options regarding the Otto Zehm case. She refused, at that time, to answer any questions, referring members of the press to her list of published Frequently Asked Questions, instead.


According to the Center For Justice web site, Durkin asserts that “several of the publicly disseminated “FAQ” statements are patently false and inaccurate, including representations by city attorneys that they ‘met with’ DOJ officials after receiving a June 15, 2009, e-mail outlining DOJ concerns, inter alia, with conflicts of interest within the city attorney’s offices and interferences with the DOJ’s ongoing investigation.”


It gets even better. It seems that, according to Durkin, such a meeting never took place. The Department of Justice sent an e-mail stating they were eager to meet with Mayor Verner, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, and Council President Joe Shogan. Unfortunately that e-mail never made it to either of the three, and City Attorney Howard Delaney has refused comment about where the e-mails ran amiss. The City of Spokane should hire former detective Ron Wright to investigate how e-mail sent to City Hall seems to develop a selective lifelessness of its own.


Furthermore, citing the FAQ's printed by Queen Mary's unfettered press, the same FAQ answer by the City succinctly sets aside the conflict issue this way: “The court found no issues of conflict or impropriety on the part of the City.” Durkin responds to that by saying, “(N)o court has yet considered, reviewed, and/or addressed any city attorney’s actions-conduct in this matter.” In other words, Queen Mary got caught telling one or more whoppers by an Assistant U.S. Attorney.


You might think this close to an election even Queen Mary would be more circumspect about her speeches and shut down her unfettered press, as such actions might be construed as impromptu and ill-conceived.



Spokesman-Review readers blog about news and issues in Spokane written by Dave Laird.