LA Times – February 22 2006:

Stephen Heller was charged in Los Angeles Superior Court with felony access to computer data, commercial burglary and receiving stolen property. He pleaded not guilty.

The charges arise from Heller’s alleged disclosure two years ago of legal papers from the Los Angeles office of international law firm Jones Day, which represented Diebold at the time. Heller was under contract as a word processor at Jones Day.

In the memos, a Jones Day attorney opined that using uncertified voting systems violated California election law and that if Diebold had employed an uncertified system, Alameda County could sue the company for breaching its $12.7-million contract.

“It’s a devastating allegation for a whistle-blower,” said Blair Berk, Heller’s attorney. “Certainly, someone who saw those documents could have reasonably believed that thousands of voters were going to be potentially disenfranchised in upcoming elections.”

I love this quote from Mr. Obvious…

“It’s a tactic where the primary goal may be to scare other would-be whistle-blowers rather than a realistic attempt to obtain a conviction.”

You think?! And here’s another good quote:

Although state law protects whistle-blowers from retaliation by their employers, they can still be criminally prosecuted, said Tom Devine, legal director at the Washington, D.C.-based Government Accountability Project.

That’s another way of saying, even if your employer cannot fire you for blowing the whistle, if it’s sufficiently politically connected, it can have you incarcerated instead.



  1. Tod White says:

    As I stated, to friends, YEARS ago….

    “Of COURSE the Soviet Union disbanded. They won!”
    Get Gov. permission to do anything, get Gov. licenses to do anything, and if YOU have friends in “high places”, DO anything whether against the written laws or not!
    Remember, the Party is ALWAYS right!

    Or, should we start Seig Heiling anybody who CLAIMS to have “Authority” over any aspect of other people’s lives?…

  2. Dan Collins says:

    The results are just in from Ohio, the Republikans and Diebold win.Check out what went on there in the last election.3 reform measures that were supposed to win big lost.Both parties are calling it a fixed election.It will probably be the next presidential election that the hackers start to raise hell and invalidate the election.This is the biggest story around and the media won’t touch it.Take control of your vote and make sure your local electors have a paper trail that can be recounted.We have had 2 pres. elections that have been compromised lets not have 3.

  3. Dan Collins says:

    Next time you use a picture of Lauren Bacall please use one that shows what a beauty she is.

  4. Mr. Fusion says:

    In the memos, a Jones Day attorney opined that using uncertified voting systems violated California election law and that if Diebold had employed an uncertified system, Alameda County could sue the company for breaching its $12.7-million contract.

    Sounds to me that some lawyer, who is an officer of the court has some explaining to do. Once this has been transmitted to the client then the lawyer is under obligation to NOT pursue or encourage a defense that might be contrary to the law. The law firm, and some of their lawyers ,is opening itself up for disbarment for misconduct.

    At the same time, confidential documents should be protected by law. Unless there is obvious illegal activities then they should not be revealed.


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