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  •  Wildstein committed multiple felonies (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, ZappoDave, Sunspots

    word is HE was the one actually "working the cones"

    unless he was ORDERED to by a higher up, then he has immunity. He must know what he did was illegal and will not go down by himself.

    Either he goes down and becomes the target of all the suits or he names names for a pass.

    Who had the authority to close lanes and who had the authority to tell him to do it?

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 12:00:54 PM PST

    •  Keep your eye on Wildstein (4+ / 0-)
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      chicago minx, Sunspots, kyril, True North

      From what I can find out he appears to be a pretty smart guy (if an amoral one) with some serious money. Which means he's smart enough to get the best legal talent he can afford early on. He also appears to be a total snake with no loyalty to anyone but himself.

      My guess would be that his well-compensated lawyers are trying even now to work out deals with the various possible prosecutors (Fed, NJ, NY) for complete immunity. I threw in the Abe Reles comment because I suspect Wildstein knows a LOT and doesn't care who he takes down if it gets him off the hook.

    •  I'm not convinced he did... (0+ / 0-)

      because it appears that he had the legal authority to order the change in traffic configuration as a 'test'.

      He gave his direction to the GM of the bridge - Robert Durando, and while some people in the Traffic Engineering department - Jose Rivera, Chief Traffic Engineer, for one - questioned it, they did so from the angle of 'is this wise?' not 'is this legal?'.

      Allocation of resources, including traffic lanes, was an on-going bone of contention between NY & NJ within the PANYNJ (not just on the GWB), so 'testing' different configurations was a legitimate course of action.

      I think Wildstein would have gotten away with it if he had just gone along with Rivera' suggestion of testing a 2-lane configuration. Having an EZ-Pass lane as well as a cash lane would have made the point 'we can mess with you' that seems to have been the purpose of all 3 of the likely scenarios.

      Cheers.

      Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

      by databob on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 02:38:42 PM PST

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