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Monday, April 18, 2011

Tom Moyer trial date -- June 20

We asked this morning when the felony charge of campaign finance fraud against Portland real estate mogul Tom Moyer was going to be tried. An alert reader has sent us what purport to be the docket entries in the case, and it now appears that the trial is scheduled for June 20 before a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge -- probably John Wittmayer.

Interestingly, it also shows the home address of the 92-year-old Moyer as being on Evergreen Highway in the 'Couv.

Anyway, you have to wonder whether Jim Francesconi's mayoral campaign was worth it.

Comments (2)

It seems obvious that jail would be quite a travesty in a situation involving a 92 year old, because it would pretty much play out as a death sentence for $9,000 worth of political chicanery. (BTW: it's pretty far-fetched in my mind that Saint Jim had "no idea" that these $4,500 contributions were coming from a single source given how local pols tend to personally chase down every $100 pledge like dogs after raw meat.) Also, can't Moyer just say that he gifted the money to these women to enable them to make the offending contributions? I mean it all revolves around their testimony involving any conditions attached to the gift. If Moyer said "I'm giving you $4,500, and I think it would be swell if you donated it to good 'ol Jim's campaign, but you don't have to if you don't want to". I think that passes muster with the law, as long as there were no conditions attached to the gift, such that the women felt that legally they could have done whatever they wanted with the money. So, I'm thinking as long as these payments came from the women's personal accounts, and they testify that it was a gift with no strings attached, and they gave it to Saint Jim because they thought he was a swell guy, that pretty much adds up to an acquittal. Of course if they are fully cooperating with the D.A., and I highly doubt that they are, all of the above goes out the window. Keep in mind that the burden of proof is on the prosecution. Just thinking it through out loud is all.

Perjury? For the Scone? I'd tell the truth.

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