Sugg writes:

My original questions were:
I had inquired about a passage I recalled from Steve's deposition
> 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.  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."
> >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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John Sugg
Senior Editor
Creative Loafing
Atlanta, Georgia
John.sugg@cln.com
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