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Tuesday, November 17, 2009


State's Attorney
Richard Riha
Assistant State's Attorney
Cynthia Feland
Assistant State's Attorney
Lloyd Suhr

Once inappropriately added by the Burleigh County State's Attorney's Office (BCSAO), the sick leave and moving expense issues (which were known by the prosecutors to not be crimes) were used as a major subject basis to portray Blunt unfavorably with innuendo that could not be supported by facts. Prosecutor Lloyd Suhr’s opening statement illustrates the methodology employed over and over during the trial to portray Blunt as someone who believed (especially for his friends like Spencer) in “circumvention of the rules ... there is a proper way, and then there is Mr. Blunt's way.” Suhr begins with the “bonuses” to WSI employees and then focuses almost exclusively on the sick leave, moving expenses, and grant money before ever discussing the original case of gift certificates and meeting expenses. BCSAO’s witness questioning and trial topics continued to follow this same pattern.


Much of BCSAO’s presented case was built on and around Spencer’s leaving WSI and Blunt’s supposed unethical behaviors regarding Spencer. The word “Spencer” appears 249 times over 1,043 pages of trial transcript or an average once every 4.2 pages across the ENTIRE trial transcript. All of the primary witnesses for the prosecution began their testimony with an extensive discussion of Spencer’s circumstances upon leaving WSI. It is difficult to come up with an objective criteria to measure just how prominent the FAKE issues of Spencer were in the entire trial, but I believe it required between 30 to 40 percent. An awful lot for entirely bogus issues! Had Feland not lied and manipulated these items into the case as crimes, a significant portion of BCSAO’s argument, testimony, and opening/closing statements would have been absent. The effectiveness of portraying Blunt using this blatantly dishonest technique cannot of course be quantified, but I conjecture that it was quite pivotal in procuring an unjustified outcome.

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To this author, the trial transcript gives fairly plain and damning evidence that both Feland and Wahl could converse as they did in open court ONLY if they both knew that attorney Hoffman did not know of the November 8, 2007 memo. It smells like a collusion to conspire to commit legal fraud in open court. While admittedly being a legal layman, it seems to me that this behavior is the very essence of perjury; perjury activel

Dress on April 22, 2010 at 08:28 am
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