01 October 2007

KingCast reveals another letter to the Concord Monitor from Franconia native Jeffery Jesseman on RSA 91-A aspects of the Franconia shooting tragedy.

Jeffery Jesseman has roots in the North Country that go waaay back. Unfortunately for the Cause of Justice, he also has some RSA 91-A Right-to-Know requests that go waaay back as well, to 13 August 2007 to be precise. He didn't hear anything back so he wrote letters to the Concord Monitor, co-edited by the Franconia Collective (press release), that were published in the Monitor.

Then he wrote another letter, one printed in the Littleton Courier -- because that letter appeared in the paper he received a phone call from a Franconia Selectman that I listened to that proves that they responded because his letter appeared in the paper and not because they would have otherwise. The law is simple: They get five (5) days to respond, and either produce the documents if they have them or state why they are not going to produce them. If additional time is needed to determine whether and when production will occur that has to be stated within the five (5) day period.

At no point in time has the town actually followed the Law on RSA 91-A, but then again neither has the State of New Hampshire, as it appears that there is no 2006 Annual Report as noted in this post.

Now we're at the point where we expect that the Concord Monitor and other responsible media who have not yet covered this case will step forward and do so.

Mr. Jesseman's Affidavit is seen on this page and the full text of his letter to the Concord Monitor -- which as I noted in this post stated it was not going to cover the lawsuit -- much to the dismay of the Franconia Collective. Here's the Caledonian Record coverage and the Littleton Courier Coverage (one and two). Writes Jesseman:
I and many others applaud the efforts Chris King is making in pushing the town of Franconia and the State to release all documents pertinent to the May 11, 2007 deaths of Liko Kenney and Bruce McKay. It is unfortunate that a lawsuit is required to force our Government to be open and honest......It seems to me our Selectboard is working for the Town’s insurance company, not the citizens who elected them.

Each Selectman, as an officer of the Town, is required to take an oath of office pursuant to RSA 42:1, said oath requiring compliance with the laws of the state of New Hampshire. I ask you to honor the oath you took, to do anything less will never help this community to heal. We look to you for leadership, and you have failed us. My final advice for the board to consider is, “Healing begins with the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”. Let’s finally consider the course of truth, for the good of all.

Watch the movie, "Franconia 5/11: Injustice on Stilts."

5 comments:

Christopher King said...

I and many others applaud the efforts Chris King is making in pushing the town of Franconia and the State to release all documents pertinent to the May 11, 2007 deaths of Liko Kenney and Bruce McKay. It is unfortunate that a lawsuit is required to force our Government to be open and honest.

Mr. King has tried to obtain this information via the State’s Right-To-Know laws, but has been repeatedly stone-walled in his requests. I encourage everyone to track the case of KingCast v. NH AG Kelly Ayotte et al. very closely. The number is Grafton Superior 07-E-268.

I am not surprised that the town is playing these games. Since May 11, I have twice attempted to address the Selectboard on matters regarding the police and open government. Both efforts were virtually ignored.

The first attempt was in July when I accompanied [a local resident very close to this situation] to a meeting with the Selectboard. She had a complaint regarding a police incident in June. She expressed a desire to discuss this matter with the Selectboard directly as her previous experience demonstrated that the written complaint policy would be ineffective.

Selectperson Carlene Quinn invited her to the meeting for the express purpose of airing her complaint, but before she could explain the incident Chairman Belz interrupted her, read the formal complaint policy verbatim, and indicated no further discussion would take place. There was no explanation from Mr. Belz as to why he did this and we were asked to leave.

The second attempt was the Open Letter I wrote to the Selectboard and published in the Courier. This letter which essentially asked for much of the same information Chris King is seeking, including the Use of Force and Arrest Reports for Liko Kenney, police personnel files and activity at Fox Hill Park that allegedly rendered it a "suspicious place" to McKay, was ignored for weeks.

I did not receive a response from the Selectboard until after I submitted another letter to the editor complaining that the board was in violation for RSA-91-A, New Hampshire’s Right-To-Know law. The response I did receive addressed very little of the substance of my letter and indicated I needed to speak to the Town’s attorney.

The comments made by the Selectboard regarding Mr. King’s lawsuit echo the problems in Franconia. Particularly the comment made by Carl Belz to the Caledonia Record about how he didn’t understand what King wanted, and the comment made by Rich McLeod in the Courier about how the suit was not helping the town heal.

The board is out of touch with the desires of many citizens to have a full accounting made. They seem to be more interested in sweeping the issues under the rug and maintaining the status quo. It seems to me our Selectboard is working for the Town’s insurance company, not the citizens who elected them.

Each Selectman, as an officer of the Town, is required to take an oath of office pursuant to RSA 42:1, said oath requiring compliance with the laws of the state of New Hampshire. I ask you to honor the oath you took, to do anything less will never help this community to heal. We look to you for leadership, and you have failed us.

My final advice for the board to consider is, “Healing begins with the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”. Let’s finally consider the course of truth, for the good of all.

Christopher King said...

Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 11:26:14 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Christopher King" kingjurisdoctor@yahoo.com Subject: Open letter from Franconia resident supports KingCast v. NH AG Kelly Ayotte lawsuit
To: Kelly.Ayotte@doj.nh.gov, Jeffery.Strelzin@doj.nh.gov, bud.fitch@dohj.nh.gov, dmullen@ranspell.com, wchapman@orr-reno.com, jlavely@salmonpress.com, police@franconianh.org, selectmen@franconianh.com, Andrew@RightToknowNH.org, jamie.richardson@nh.gov,

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Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 11:27:55 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Christopher King" kingjurisdoctor@yahoo.com Subject: Franconia resident's open letter to media supports KingCast v. NH AG Ayotte lawsuit.
To: "Christopher King" kingjurisdoctor@yahoo.com, deb.Reynolds@leg.state.nh.us, kosullivan@nhsba.org, john.gallus@leg.state.nh.us...

Again I must respectfully ask that the Concord Monitor and the Union Leader cover the salient aspects of the pending litigation.

We have now documented that the State apparently stands in violation of its own Law requiring annual Right-to-Know reports, which directly affects the Concord Monitor, the Union Leader and every media organization in the State and beyond.

And we have a lawsuit that addresses many aspects of Right-to-Know.

As a former editor of a statewide weekly and a reporter at a large metropolitan daily I think I see a substantive story there.

So does Mr. Jesseman, and a whole lot of other people.

So why hasn't there been any coverage of the litigation?

Are you not going to report after the Oral Argument, either? Like a proverbial tree that falls in the forest, like the missing Arrest and Use-of-Force reports from Liko's encounter with Bruce McKay and two other police officers in 2003 in that "suspicious place" called Fox Hill Park.

Where Judge Cyr found all of those -- ahem -- Constitutional violations. (one and two)

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/10/kingcast-reveals-another-letter-to.html

01 October 2007

KingCast reveals another letter to the Concord Monitor from Franconia native Jeffery Jesseman on RSA 91-A aspects of the Franconia shooting tragedy.

Anonymous said...

I have seen the videos on this issue, including the 2003 incident. I have watched your video posted 10/1/07. Liko was a nut. Either way he had no reason to shoot an officer. Floyd was justified, and the fact that he had a prior criminal record really made him less likely to help police, so you know he was justified and in fear for his and McKay's life. I'm glad Liko is dead, it's too bad he took an officer with him. Too bad he hadn't shot himself or rolled his car or something prior.

Christopher King said...

Floyd was not in fear of his life and only said so after being prompted by Sgt. West. And if you don't think his prior record or actions are relevant you need to go read the Affidavit in the lawsuit from that woman who received a Death Threat from him.

And in case you missed it, lying under an investigation is a crime; that's what NH AG Peter Heed said:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/09/former-nh-ag-and-cheshire-county.html

McKay was a nut, thrusting his knife near a woman's labia while she was handcuffed in the back of his cruiser, and causing Lisbon PD to tell him to stay the hell out of there and to take their frequencies off of his monitor.

That takes some doing.

And if you don't think that Liko was in fear of his personal safety after that Tahoe blast and that pepper spray -- given without ANY verbal comman or directive -- your are a nutball too:

Liko tried to diffuse the situation by calling for a witness so that everything could be out in the open but McKay -- as usual and as noted in the video "Franconia 5/11: Injustice on Stilts" was not going to have any of it.

Christopher King said...

And even if you were right -- which you aren't -- does that give our government the right to violate Right-to-Know laws?

We will let the Court decide that issue -- hopefully its more principled in its deliberations than you.