Friday, February 12, 2010
The last time we brought you a little news on the continuing Saguaro Ranch saga, the Marana development's neighbors had filed an amendment to a lawsuit against the town based on a deposition from the development's former general manager.
In his deposition, Denis Boaro alleges that Saguaro Ranch owner Stephen Phinny basically bought off the Marana Town Council and officials to abandon a disputed public easement that meanders through the development.
Town officials fervently denied the charges and went so far as to accuse Boaro of lying. Town Attorney Frank Cassidy said the town was working with the Pima County Attorney's Office to charge Boaro with perjury.
Well, folks, it now looks like we have a dance-off on our hands.
After receiving an e-mail from Boaro, the neighbors' attorney, Stephen Weeks, filed a motion of sanctions, accusing town officials of tampering with their witness. You can check on the latest legal filing right here.
The sanctions filing notes that Boaro e-mailed Weeks on Jan. 26, to let him know that Marana Town Councilwoman Roxanne Ziegler called his home and told his wife she wanted to
talk to him before she hired an attorney.
After the last story came out in the Tucson Weekly regarding the town charging Boaro with perjury, he e-mailed Weeks on Feb. 5:
After reviewing the news article in the Tucson Weekly, I'm afraid and I feel intimidated of the reaction of the town of Marana. I was expecting something like this of course knowing Stephen Phinny and all his connections with the town of Marana of course!! ! ... what I’m trying to say is that NOW they are putting this all on me! People are willing to do what it takes to get what they want and since I do not have time or money to guarantee myself and my family protection I truly hope I do not get in deeper trouble.
I feel threaten right now and I'm very nervous so is my wife. I believe my deposition was accurate, I might be wrong with few names thinking afterwards but I spoke the truth of my knowledge; what is funny, I was supposed to be represented by Eric Sparks during my deposition so why was he not there?
This is typical manipulation of Stephen Phinny and company. I know him very well and I know much more then he thinks I know, but, my life with my family is more important then this. I do understand that representing the protesters does not make you in a position that can help me but I want to share my thoughts with you because now I'll not sleep at night....
The saga continues. Weeks and his clients have now asked the court for severe sanctions and a swift judgment regarding the easement.