Failure To Disclose Is Tantamount to Lying (Updated)

If there is any truth in this recent update of the Albuquerque Free Press article that APD has in fact lied to Federal Monitor James Ginger, it is a very serious offense that should be sanctioned.

The Federal Monitor under the law and the Rules of Civil Procedure, is an officer of the Court and represents the court. and reports directly to the Federal Judge.

Lying to a Federal Judge can never be tolerated.

If APD did in fact lie to the Federal Monitor, the Department of Justice and the US Attorney need to file a “Motion for Contempt of Court” against APD and the command staff requesting sanctions and asking for an “Order to Show Cause” hearing where testimony can be taken and the Court can determine exactly who lied and what sanctions should be imposed.

If the command staff did write a special order subverting the settlement agreement, denied its existence when asked about it by the monitor and APD then refused to give the monitor a copy of the subversive order, sanctions are in order and need to be imposed and those responsible need to be held accountable and terminated.

If the federal Monitor believes he has been lied to as he seems to allege by implication in his report, he needs to say it in no uncertain terms to the Federal Court at the May 10, 2017 status conference when he gives his report and ask for sanctions himself.

Unless Ginger himself says something, he can can expect to continue to be “mystified” and “startled” by the lack of progress and implementation of the DOJ consent decree mandated reforms as he claims in his latest report.

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.