“I didn’t understand,” Riddell admits, “how Mark Long could afford to have Bill Gary and Dave Frohnmayer come speak to the AG about an ongoing investigation.
“Kroger wouldn’t meet with them. He and Frohnmayer hated each other. John thought it best they meet with me. I was the one to tell them they weren’t going to be treated differently than anyone else. I was the ‘No’ guy.”
8/18/2013: Steve Duin has part one of a series on John Kroger and this episode in the Oregonian. Meanwhile the bar has decided not to pursue my ethics complaint against Rudnick, Gary, and Geller. I’m preparing an appeal and I’ll have more when that’s submitted.
8/7/2013: From WWeek. The Oregon DOJ has settled the Mark Long / Cylvia Hayes / John Kroger / Sean Riddell cases for $1M. The DOJ says:
The state will pay Long $1 million. There is no admission of liability. Win or lose, these cases would have been significantly more expensive had they continued. The $1 million settlement covers the $560,000 attorney fee judgment won by Long in a case that was on appeal as well as the $7.5 million lawsuit he had filed separately.
Sharon Rudnick billed a lot of hours on this too, at $400 per. No word on whether or not UO’s Randy Geller will now retract his apology to Kroger. And still waiting for the Oregon Bar to decide how far to pursue the ethics complaint against Rudnick, Gary and Geller for allegations of lack of candor with the tribunal, in an attempt to pad legal fees for that $560K payday. The Oregonian has more here.