My original questions were:
I had inquired about a passage I recalled from Steve's deposition Words on a transcript page may be interpreted by
you now to suggest something that no one in the room at the time would have concluded
was a serious response."regarding his statement that he had hidden money under a mattress.
Steve had responded: "this was an off-handed remark made in a deposition when your friend Pat Anderson insisted I remember what I did with some sum of money I had long since forgotten. Out of exasperation, I suggested maybe I
stuffed it under my mattress.
Checking Steve's deposition of October 19, 1999, pages 13 to 20 (mostly 13-16), I find several relevant facts: 1. The attorney doing the questioning is not Anderson, but McDaniels. 2. The sum is $5,000 -- AND IT IS FROM THE CITIZENS FUND FOR THE RIGHT TO KNOW. The deposition goes on in detail about how Steve had purchased a cashier's check, and that that was what was underneath the mattress. 3. The money was hidden because, Steve stated, it "might be subject to seizure by the IRS, and I didn't want the IRS to have the money, so I took it out." 4. Another sum of money from the Citizens Fund, $30, was used for your personal lawn care. Steve said that was a mistake and that the money had been returned.
My questions: 1. Do you still maintain that this was an off-handed remark without a basis in reality? 2. If it is an off-handed remark without your intent to be serious, did you tell the truth in this sworn deposition? Mr. McDaniels clearly
takes your testimony seriously. How does this square with the earlier
statement that you provided me? 3. What happened to the $5,000, and do you have documentation? If you have documentation, will you provide it? 4. Do you have documentation that the lawn care expenditure was returned to the Citizens Fund? Will you provide it? 5. Do you contend that hiding money that might properly belong to the IRS is ethical and legal? Any other comments you might have on these financial issues are welcome. ______________________________________________________
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