!!EXCLUSIVE!! HELLER REPORT: JUDGE OVERTURNS MAGISTRATE DECISION IN NILAN-MOORE CASE, UPHOLDS PPD APPEAL … CRIMINAL CHARGES TO BE WEIGHED AGAIN FOR RE-INSTITUTION … MORE DETAILS LATER!!
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012) — BULLETIN! JUDGE HADLEY RULES IN NILAN-MOORE. SEE BELOW.
It having been a weekend of no small energy expenditure, we shall ease our way back into the saddle with THE PLANET. Productive but tiring might be one way to characterize our Friday through Sunday — the type of span with which we could say, as Dorothy Parker said of writing, we hated having to do it but we loved having done it. We’ve in the “loved having done it” mode.
We got word from THE STOOLEY over in Springfield that Judge Hadley had made a determination in the Nilan-Moore Case. Appellate Judge William P. Hadley, bounding between his home Greenfield and the Springfield courts like a man on a pogo stick, is handling the Pittsfield Police Department‘s appeal of the ruling of magistrate Nathan Byrnes that criminal charges should not go to trial for insufficient evidence.
WE INTERRUPT THIS COLUMN TO BRING YOU THIS NEWS SCOOP!
THE PLANET presents this report from Glen Heller. We have not independently confirmed the information. This story is also posted at berkshireeagle.blogspot.com.
Byrnes’ Decision in Nilan Show-Cause Reversed: Allows Redetermination of Application for Criminal Complaint
New Hearing to be Scheduled
by G.M. Heller / Special to PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
Springfield, Mass. —- Massachusetts Associate Justice William P. Hadley ruled Friday that he will allow the motion by Pittsfield Police for redetermination of the application for criminal complaint against Meredith Nilan in the matter of a hit-run accident in which jogger Peter Moore was severely injured December 8, 2011. The Justice’s ruling overturns a decision made in January by Asst. Clerk-Magistrate Nathan A. Byrnes.
The Berkshire Eagle misreported this past Saturday in an article headlined ‘No ruling yet on Nilan crash appeal’ written by reporter Andrew Amelinckx that: “A Springfield judge has yet to make a ruling on the appeal of an alleged hit-and-run case involving the 24-year-old daughter of Berkshire Superior Court’s chief of probation.” The Eagle went on to misreport that: “A decision was expected this week, but did not occur.”
In fact, Justice Hadley issued his ruling Friday at which time it was mailed to the Criminal Clerk at Pittsfield District Court for dissemination to the parties.
Once Again, the BB Blows It
The information reported in Heller’s story shows how cyberspace is in the process of well destroying its big brother, print. The two website, Heller’s blogspot and THE PLANET, were able to create an instant network to get this information to people first and best.
It left the Boring Broadsheet not only with the inaccurate Andrew Amelinckx story, claiming that Hadley has not made a decision but also leaves them with the improbably fluffy Monday product.
As to the first point, one has to wonder if the BB reporter was the patsy, left holding the bag after the GOB decided to assume editorial control of this story. How else could a reporter get such a key aspect to an important story so wrong? We feel sorry for our brethren, AA, but also stop at the point where people make their own choices of employment and must assume responsibility to their choices.
As for the second point, while we are sharing the latest news on Nilan-Moore, the BB:
* Runs a page-one, above-the-fold story on the BCC dog show
* Wastes almost all the rest of page one on an over-the-top Whitney Houston faddle, including the Sacred Local Angle.
* Features on page one of the B section Ruth Bass‘ yawner on women’s underwear or some such
* Tells us of ____________________________ (fill in the blank from among the other irrelevancies contained in today’s fish wrap.
As We Were Saying
Returning to our initial post from this morning, prior to the catch-plate to Nilan-Moore.
Our word came from a plant and not from official court sources. The plant is a human being, not a rhododendron. Our correspondent, a member in good standing of THE PLANET’s Secret Squadron who has proven reliable and accurate in the past and is one of our media brethren (of the mainstream variety), said the courts were not saying what the verdict was, pending notification of the parties involved. Sounded like a sudden death, where authorities withhold releasing the names of victims pending notification of next of kin.
Our man didn’t know how to read this, except to say that such notification could be considered unusual. Did it indicate up or down, pro or con, on the PPD appeal? Not enough info to warrant a reasonable hypothesis, our man said.
True to Our Word: We Said We Would Tell You as Soon as We Heard, and We Did
We will not ourselves try to find out what the verdict is, but if a local informant should drop a dime, we shall provide you with the update as soon as we hear. [ONE DID DROP A DIME, AND WE DID LET YOU KNOW]. We were told, unofficially and not for attribution, that Judge Hadley’s ruling went to clerk magistrate Chris “No Show” Speranzo, whose office shall handle notification “in an appropriate manner.” THE PLANET will consider it a badge of honor if we aren’t the first media call that No Show makes. We don’t believe he will handle these duties himself, if in fact they are his to handle. If so, he will dish off, since the case is politically radioactive.
THE PLANET, let’s reiterate from periodic postings of days gone by, exists primarily as the catalyst to public discussion of relevant issues that otherwise would be short changed or completely buried by the corrupt partnership that exists, generally, between the local power structure (known collectively as the GOBs) and the mainstream media (known primarily as the Boring Broadsheet; local radio news and investigative reporting do not exist and local talk shows basically have been defanged).
We exist to provide that platform for the exchange of information, ideas, facts, and opinions. Breaking news or scooping our toothless competition is not our prime concern, though, given the state of the competition, that has happened with startling regularity since we initiated this series of webcasts and the end of September 2010. [AS IT HAPPENED AGAIN TODAY!]
Scoop Though We May Do, It’s Not Our Main Interest
Here’s why we don’t try to scoop the news: Been there, done that.
Our professional career in journalism — which ran parallel for the most part to our more lucrative careers as an author [18 books] and free-lance writer — began in 1975. We piled up awards. We broke stories. Perhaps two of our most well-known scoops were the capture of Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz by the NYC police in the long, hot summer of 1977, when we toiled in New York, and our work first getting word of the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown in 1979, when we were on assignment in Pennsylvania. We broke many other stories of lesser or no impact nationally but were significant locally.
Over focus shifted over the years as our interests, and the technology, changed. We went from print to broadcast to cyber journalism, with lots of overlap.
To bring it back home, we write this blog not to break news but to promulgate news that matters, that would otherwise be sugar-coated or buried, and to encourage debate, discussion, and deliberation of stories that make a difference to a community. The Nilan-Moore Case is Exhibit A for why THE PLANET bothers with this website.
We are not making a dime off of PLANET VALENTI, deliberately so. We will stay clear of advertising and we will resist attempts at buy-out. We are not for sale in any sense, literally or figuratively. We, alone, remain the source for information that is UNBOSSED and UNBOUGHT.
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LOVE TO ALL.