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Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Attorney General LaFata added two more to his docket, and Senator Leybovich continues to get a huge amount of fallout from his ASUC Computer Virus.
The Mo Kashmiri case is very odd. Funneling money directly to CalSERVE from the GA would be illegal, naturally. But that depends on Paul proving that:
1) Mo is not doing the job the GA hired him to do. Considering that Mo is involved with numerous lawsuits and lobbying activities, it seems self-evident that is not so. The job entails working with UCSA and other lobbying groups (ie off-campus), and is a mere and nominal 20 hours a week. What kind of proof is Paul looking for, phone records? E-mails? A picture of Mo at his desk clocking in? All the CalSERVE Execs are supposed to work far more then twenty hours a week, and no one gets teed when they campaign hard. And for ages and ages people have campaigned despite having jobs far in excess of 20 hours a week.
2) In lieu of doing his job, Mo is working for CalSERVE. Even in the event that Mo isn't doing his job, which isn't proven, isn't it far more likely that he's just slacking off? Paul would have to prove that the money was given to Mo for the express purpose of working for CalSERVE. But Mr. Kashmiri has been working for-- and getting paid by-- the GA for a long time. All of a sudden it's a sweetheart deal when elections roll around? And why would anyone need to pay Mo to work for CalSERVE? No one else had to get paid to do so.
Unless there's some smoking gun, which would have to be along the lines of 'Mo, here is lots of money so you can campaign for us,' then I don't get this case at all.
UPDATE: So Mo is working on a per-hour basis, which would hypothetically make it easier to prove that he was billing the GA for time spent campaigning. All you would have to do is subpoena Mo's time reports and somehow prove that he was holding a big sign at the same time. Of course, this depends on Mr. Kashmiri working and campaigning at the same time, which apparently there is no evidence of besides Mr. Lafata's gut feeling that no man can campaign, go to law school, and hold down a 35 Hour/Week job without overlapping considerably.
Farther down there's some antics on the part of the real Attorney General. His three suits were rejected for being 45 minutes late. He can appeal to have them admitted, but missing a deadline doesn't involve a whole lot of fact-finding. Funny thing is that one of them is the Misha E-mail case, as if half the world hadn't filed about that one already.
AG Powell should resign. He's clearly in over his head and ineffective. No one in the ASUC appears to have any respect for him.
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