Here's the news: A Springfield Alderman is accusing attorneys for the city of using tactics meant to divert attention from his call for transparency.
Ward 5 Aldermen Sam Cahnman says that a possible conflict of interest or violation of the rules of professional conduct claim against him from the Noll Law Office is a diversionary tactic to take attention away from his insistent call to release depositions and internal communications in the IA file shredding case to Aldermen before they vote on the settlement agreement.
Mayor Houston said Tuesday night that he wanted Aldermen to vote for the settlement on emergency passage, even after it was revealed by the Noll Law Office that Cahnman represents plaintiff Calvin Christian in several traffic tickets, one of which is cited in a federal case Christian has against the city.
Cahnman abstained from voting on the matter Tuesday after John Gray Noll revealed the information to aldermen. The council moved to have the matter held in committee for further review next week.
Alderman Cahnman says he and his attorney are reviewing what if any violation of the rules of professional conduct he may have violated. City Corporation Counsel John Mehlick wouldn't comment on what specific rule of conduct Cahnman violated and several attempts for response from the Noll Law Officer were unsuccessful.
Here are the views: Cahnman, along with other Aldermen, called on the Mayor to release the files for review weeks ago, but the Noll Law Office told aldermen the files would be available at their office. Court documents reveal (as evidenced here) that the Noll Law Office knew back in July that Alderman Cahnman represented Christian on several of his many traffic citations. So the question is ... Why wait to bring it up as a possible conflict tonight?
If there was an intention to hold the info, does that mean the city (including the Aldermen and the citizens) aren't being fairly represented by the hired attorneys? Are the attorneys hired by the city looking out for taxpayers best interest or for the interest of somebody within the city?
For the play-by-play of the latest bizarre developments in the shred case, reaction from Aldermen, and more city business, don't miss Wednesday's Springfield City Council Roundup at 10am only 970 WMAY!