Lawyers representing Los Angeles Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas have filed a motion requesting a mistrial.
After enjoining County Supervisor Janice Hahn and listing former County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl as a witness it appears to be suggested that the three of them were in cahoots as long as everyone got something.
Mark Ridley-Thomas’ lawyers didn’t file their witness list publicly, but they did file a brief tonight that reveals one of their key witnesses: Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. They’re asking the judge to bar prosecutors from asking Kuehl about the state investigation regarding her. pic.twitter.com/xR65ppSHFV— Meghann Cuniff (@meghanncuniff) March 21, 2023
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Another motion filed by Ridley-Thomas requests that the government not be allowed to inquire about Kuehl being named in an investigation into Metro that entangles former CEO Phil Washington who after he announced his departure, Kuehl reportedly went out of her way to write him a letter of recommendation to return back to a position at Denver International Airport.
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Hahn, Kuehl, and Ridley-Thomas all served on the Metro Board of Directors when the controversial contract was awarded to Peace Over Violence which is lead by Kuehl’s friend Patti Giggans.
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Were the three of them running a criminal enterprise? And if they were why is Ridley-Thomas the only person being charged?
Emilie St. John is a freelance journalist for 2UrbanGirls.com, the South Bay Examiner, and contributing writer for the Los Angeles Wave newspaper.MRT-mistrial-motion