The Eye is wondering if we have our own “Don Corleone” in City Hall. This is the story KRQE News 13 said didn't exist. Surprise! We have it! Unfortunately for them (and Darren White and his Taco Bell visiting right hand man, T.J. Wilham), The Eye found what this group of "dedicated news professionals" wanted to sweep under the carpet. The Eye has the story KRQE posted on their website before someone at the station decided the public it serves deserves to know about and pulled it. KOAT News 7 also posted a similar story before removing it. What is known is, KRQE reporter Katie Kim posted this story on-line at 4:09 pm. Then it was taken down shortly after going up and its very existence denied by station. Why? Why post a news story regarding an FBI investigate that involves the city's Chief Public Safety Officer and his wife; then pull it down in a matter of hours? Why deny its existence? If there was a legitimate reason for taking it off their website why not say so? Why engage in behavior that makes it look like a cover-up?
Here are other questions worth asking KRQE News 13 and KOAT News 7:
Did the fact that Darren White worked as a reporter at KRQE and still has friends there influence the station's decision to hide their own news story?
Would KRQE editor Paul Burt's repeated statements that he "would walk through fire for Darren White" indicate bias or lack of objectivity when it came to covering White or his current wife negatively?
Would the fact that mayoral spokesperson Chris Ramirez worked at KOAT News 7 as the City Hall reporter and also maintains relationships with his former employer have played a role in KOAT's decision to pull their own story?
Could former police beat reporter T.J. Wilham's friendships and personal contacts at the Albuquerque Journal be part of the reason the newspaper hasn't written a single word about the Ahrensfield defense motion or about Wilham's brand new city vehicle?
How incestuous is Albuquerque? (and we haven't begun to mention former KRQE anchor Erika Ruiz's role in all this)
Did Darren White, Chris Ramirez, T.J. Wilham or any other member of the Berry Administration contact personnel at either of these stations and demand that the news stories be pulled?
Is it news that when he was first asked who tipped him off that he was being investigated for selling drugs and other criminal activity that Shawn Bryan said it was Kathy McConnell, aka Darren White's then girlfriend/current wife?
Is it news that the FBI interviewed the current Mrs. White because she may have been texting information about the criminal investigation to Erika Ruiz, aka Mrs. Shawn Bryan?
If information was being exchanged between Mrs. White and Mrs. Bryan, where did that information come from?
How close was Darren White truly with Shawn Bryan before testifying that he barely knew him?
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Finally, who is the “Don Corleone” who is responsible for shutting down this news story? Were they made an offer that they couldn’t refuse? Or is it just some “Dirty Bird”? It might be a good idea for our local media to step out of the cooler and leave the fish alone; if this is what has transpired. Otherwise; something simply smells fishy.
Here is the story as it appears on the KRQE website:
Convicted ex-cop files motion to dismiss
Ahrensfield defense says key evidence left out
Updated: Monday, 20 Dec 2010, 4:09 PM MST
Published : Monday, 20 Dec 2010, 4:09 PM MST
• Reporter: Katie Kim
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A jury found former Albuquerque Police officer Brad Ahrensfield guilty of obstructing justice last week for tipping off a friend who was the target of a criminal investigation. But on Monday, his defense filed a motion to dismiss, arguing the government violated rules by not disclosing key evidence.
According to the defense, the evidence in question is at least one government-conducted interview with the business owner at the center of the investigation. The interview was taped in April after the first trial ended with a deadlocked jury.
Ahrensfield was still an APD officer when he told a friend last year that investigators suspected drugs and stolen goods were being peddled out of his business.
Ahrensfield always insisted he didn't tell his friend he was the one being investigated. The defense claims when the FBI interviewed the friend, he said it was then-Sheriff Darren White's girlfriend who tipped him off that he was the subject of the investigation.
According to the defense, it didn't know this interview was conducted until last week.
A federal judge said he needs transcripts of that recorded interview and the entire trial to make a decision. Ahrensfield's attorney told News 13 it will likely take one to two months before the judge decides on the motion to dismiss.
If the judge upholds the guilty conviction, Ahrensfield faces up to 20 years in prison.
The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes