On Monday, Miller accepted a $5,000 judgement against the borough and former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Whitaker. The judgement was offered by the borough.
The borough mayor, Luke Hopkins, said it offered the judgement because it was in the "taxpayer’s best interests to put a stop to this litigation and legal expenses with this low monetary offer."
Hopkins was also surprised that Miller accepted, given that he initially said that he would do so for $50,000, and then $25,000. He originally claimed that he had over $160,000 in damages.
You know I'm kind of surprised as well, since Miller is a pugnacious asshole who will go to great lengths to make a point. I wonder what could have convinced him to settle for such a comparative pittance?
After Miller lost in the general election to Murkowski’s write-in campaign, he sued the borough, claiming that someone in the office illegally leaked information about Miller’s time at the borough.
The judgement admits to none of this, however, and for all the time and money involved in the case, the only salient fact that seems to have emerged is that the former mayor of the borough, Jim Whitaker, had a meeting with Renee Broker, Miller’s supervisor, about Miller's time at the borough and what could be said to the press about that time.
When deposed about the meeting, Broker claimed attorney-client privilege, even though Whittaker was no longer the mayor. Whether or not Broker and Whittaker could claim such privilege was scheduled to be argued in front of a judge next week.
The borough contends the law is very specific that former mayors can seek advice about events that occurred while they were in office.
Miller still believes that someone at the borough leaked the information, his lawyer John Tiemessen said. “But every case has a point of diminishing returns,” he said. “Maybe you haven’t beaten under every bush and overturned every rock, but you’ve done enough that you have a pretty good idea of what’s going on,” he said.
Miller sought legal fees, but he refused to provide information about whether or not he or his leftover campaign coffers were footing the bill for those fees. He had said that until January 2011, his lawyers were paid a flat fee of $10,000 a month. Since then, however, he’s denied that his campaign has paid for the legal fees.
The judge ordered him to provide such information by Monday, but he accepted the judgement instead.
Aha! So the real reason that Miller suddenly decided to walk away from a lawsuit which he has pursued doggedly for well over a year now is most likely because he simply did NOT want to divulge who was footing the bill for his legal costs. Well that is too bad because THAT would be a question well worth finding the answer to.
Especially since we recently learned during the domestic terrorism trial that Miller was the person, along with Palin Chief-of-Staff Frank Bailey, who introduced FBI informant Bill Fulton to, future convicted terrorist, Schaeffer Cox.
It is also an important question because this lawsuit pertains to an incident that happened back in 2008, which is now connected to the recent overthrow of the Alaska GOP by Miller and his minions.
Personally I am hoping that since the recent successful conviction of the militia terrorism squad, that the FBI is now ready to turn their sights on Miller and HIS very interesting connections to certain questionable activities, not to mention his connection to a certain half term Governor which apparently goes back to her days as the mayor of Wasilla.