4/29/2016More Sentencing Delays In Redflex Corruption Trial
Sentencing delayed until September for Redflex executive convicted of bribery. Another figure convicted for his role spends weekend in Florida.
The wheels of justice continue to turn slowly in the Redflex bribery scandal. John Bills, the former Chicago, Illinois deputy transportation commissioner who took bribes from the Australian company is now receiving "mental health counseling" as he awaits sentencing. On Monday, Bills, 55, returned from Naples, Florida where he attended a wedding over the weekend.
Redflex is trying to convince a judge to dismiss its former executive vice president, Aaron M. Rosenberg, from a lawsuit he filed on behalf of the city of Chicago to recover up to $383 million from the ticketing firm because it lied in official documents. Rosenberg's attorneys and the city insist that his insider perspective is essential to making the case against Redflex.
"Rosenberg's 162-paragraph complaint provides song, chapter, and verse about how the bribery scheme began, how it worked, who was involved, and how Redflex profited from it," attorney Michael R. Williams wrote. "There is no dispute that Rosenberg was the original source of the information when he voluntarily sat down with the Chicago Inspector General's office in February 2013 and revealed the truth about Redflex's conduct... Aaron Rosenberg was one of several Redflex executives and employees involved in the company's systemic wrongdoing, and is intimately familiar with the particulars of Redflex's illegal conduct in Chicago... Redflex, to this day, continues to ignore its systemic and 'from the top' wrongdoing."
Meanwhile in Ohio, Xerox continues its lawsuit against the city of Cleveland as attempts at settling the case have fallen through. Earlier this month, the company demanded that Judge Dan Aaron Polster order Mayor Frank G. Jackson to be deposed for half a day as part of the legal dispute.
The photo copying giant insists that it is owed money because the automated ticketing contract does not expire until June 1, 2017, but the cameras were shut off after an overwhelming 78 percent of voters decided to ban cameras at the ballot box in 2014. After the city's attorneys strongly objected, Xerox settled for having Jackson file an affidavit answering a number of specific questions. The city's public safety director will be deposed on Monday.