Papers were flying last week as reporters, gadflies and investigators dove into more than 60,000 top-secret documents previously withheld by the board of the City Employees' Retirement System (SDCERS) under its attorney-client privilege.
Although many of documents support what everyone already knows-that SDCERS board members personally profited when they violated their duty and allowed the city to under-fund its pension system-their substance can hardly be described as earth shattering. But that's not to say that they aren't colorful.
The following e-mail was written by Michael Leone, an attorney with the law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, which the SDCERS board had hired in 2003 to represent the retirement system in a lawsuit brought by Michael Conger, who accused the board of dirty dealings.
Leone told CityBeat his tongue was in-cheek when he wrote this e-mail. He considered it a Louis Black-style rant to his ex-wife, Sheila Leone Jacobs, an in-house attorney at SDCERS. Conger, who ultimately won the suit, says he takes it the way Leone says it was meant.
(Leone said he addressed the e-mail to Nick, Sheila's father, as part of an inside joke and "MSJ" is legalese for a motion asking a judge to dismiss the case.)