Update on Ray Lahr's Lawsuit
On Monday afternoon, April 5, 2004, Judge A. Howard Matz held the first Scheduling Conference in my new, revised suit, against the NTSB, CIA, and Boeing. The minutes of the Scheduling Conference are now posted on the website under Court Documents. http://webpages.charter.net/raylahr
did not come away with a definite hearing date, but it looks like it
will be this summer.
scheduled, and might file, a motion to take the testimony of Dennis
Crider, the NTSB technician who, according to the NTSB, did all the
zoom-climb calculations. We
don't yet know whether we have grounds to take his testimony, and if
we file the motion it would prolong the case for probably a few
first tried to talk to Mr. Crider after the second public hearing in
the hearing, I telephoned NTSB Chairman Jim Hall and asked
permission to speak to Mr. Crider. Mr. Hall said that he would
authorize it, and notify Crider. When I called Mr. Crider, he
said that he had not received the authorization. So, a week
later, I tried again, and Crider said he had still not received
contacted Mr. Hall again and repeated the request. This time he
referred me to Mr. James Wildey, Metallurgist. I left Mr. Wildey
two messages, and he never returned the calls. Obviously,
the NTSB was not going to willingly talk to me about the zoom-climb.
was when I first initiated the Freedom of Information Act requests, in
had anticipated that Judge Matz would want to combine the cases
against the NTSB and the CIA. But, the government is claiming
that the CIA will need six months or more to produce the requested
record. Judge Matz decided to move ahead with the NTSB case, and
keep the CIA case on a separate time track.
appears that the strategy of the defense is to stall and delay as much
as possible, and it's a frustrating game.
But Judge Matz is a no-nonsense judge, and he is moving the new
case along pretty fast.
will keep you posted.
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