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!PLANET EXCLUSIVE! NEW INFORMATION ON NILAN-MOORE CASE: REVISED SEQUENCE OF MEREDITH NILAN’S ACTIVITIES AFTER SHE LEFT ALLIUM’S ON THE NIGHT OF DEC. 8 … GOOD NEWS ON TOBY MOORE: HE CAN NOW WALK PAST THE SPOT WHERE HIS MASTER ALMOST DIED AFTER BEING HIT BY NILAN’S SUV … plus … SOURCE SAYS NILANS HAVE MADE AN OFFER TO THE MOORES TO SETTLE OUT OF COURT

By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2012) — After all being quiet on the “western front” of the Nilan-Moore Case, new information has emerged that purports to provide a more complete, though not definitive picture, of what happened on the fateful evening of Dec. 8, 2011, and what is happening today.

According to a source  familiar with the case in which Meredith Nilan struck and nearly killed jogger-pedestrian Peter Moore with an SUV, Nilan hit Moore when she was returning to Patrick’s Pub, where the Pittsfield Probation Department was holding a Christmas party. Cliff Nilan, head of that department, is Meredith Nilan‘s father.

Here is the sequence of Ms. Nilan‘s actions on that night, according to our source, who is familiar with the criminal investigation:

* On Dec. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m., Meredith Nilan attends a party at Allium’s Restaurant in Great Barrington being thrown by the Berkshire Young Professionals (BEEPERS) division of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce (CofC). According to witnesses, there is the usual amount of drinking

A New Sequence of Events

Here’s the revised timeline:

* Ms. Nilan leaves Allium’s, time undetermined, though probably closer to 7 p.m. than  not.

* Ms. Nilan drives herself to Pittsfield in her father’s SUV.

* Ms. Nilan does not go home but straight to Patrick’s Pub on Bank Row, Park Square, in downtown Pittsfield, where her father and the department are in the midst of their partying. Her boyfriend is also at Patrick’s, according to the source, and he is to meet her there. Some point after she arrives, Ms. Nilan suffers what our source described as a “wardrobe malfunction.” When asked to explain, it appears that she spilled something on herself, either a drink or food.

* She leaves Patrick’s Pub and drives to her Winesap Avenue home, where she lives with her parents, to clean up and/or change clothes.

* She gets back in her father’s SUV intending to drive back to Patrick’s.

* As she is leaving her home on Winesap, she strikes Peter Moore with her SUV. What did she do after that? She said she got out of the car to look around. If she is to be believed, she did not know she hit a person but thought she hit an animal, a dog or a deer. If she is to be believed, she did not discover Peter Moore’s body and drove off. Our source pointed out , though,  that while that explanation of actions and events is certainly possible, Moore’s dog Toby was there at the scene, a dog described as “a barker.” The source wondered how that would square with what Ms. Nilan said, since, it is presumed from those who are familiar with Toby’s behavior, the dog would have been upset and would be barking for help. The barking would have led a person to Moore’s laid-out form.

* Ms. Nilan returns to Patrick’s, where she appears shaken and distraught.

* Nilan, according to the source, is overheard (by guests or staff or both) telling her father and boyfriend, “I’ve just hit somebody.” If you recall, Nilan told the police she thought she had hit a deer or a dog. According to the source, those who overheard the remark at Patrick’s are reasonably certain Ms. Nilan said “somebody.” If this information is true, it means she appeared to know she had hit a human being. This would conflict with her story.

* Shortly after hearing this, according to the source, Cliff Nilan calls attorney Tim Shugrue.

Archival Coverage of Case Available on PLANET’s “Search Engine.”

The rest of the events unfold pretty much as we and other media have reported them. Those who wish to refresh themselves on THE PLANET‘s coverage can simply type in “Nilan-Moore” on the search engine function of our landing page.

What’s new here is the sequence of explanation detailing Nilan’s movement after she left Allium’s and how Patrick’s Pub enters the picture. Initially and up to now, there was and has been confusion about this sequence.

The revised sequence indicates that (a) she left Allium’s and (b) did not go straight home but (c) went straight to Patrick’s. She only left Patrick’s, according to our source, to change clothes after her “wardrobe malfuction.” She went back to Patrick’s a second time, after hitting Moore. What does this seemingly minor new detail mean?

These are the facts as best as we can understand them. We shall leave it to others to plug this improved information into the case for whatever significance it may have.

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TOBY CAN FINALLY WALK PAST THE SCENE OF HIS MASTER’S NEAR DEATH

Another development in Nilan-Moore concerns to hero of the tale, little Toby, the pup who bravely stood beside Peter Moore after he was struck from behind by Nilan, rolled over twice, and came to rest off the to the side of Winesap Road. Our source said that as bad as Moore’s injuries were (broken bones, brain trauma, and the rest of it), what almost took his life was hypothermia. If was below freezing that night on Dec. 8.

THE PLANET also adds this as an aside. Moore came in for criticism from some quarters after the accident for walking/jogging in the road. We dismiss that criticism as biased and ignorant. We finally found out the apparent reason for him being in the road. According to our source, Moore, an experienced pedestrian who would normally not do this, ran on the side of the road because the sidewalks in front of the houses that line that end (the western side) of Winesap were not shoveled. It had snowed earlier that day. Remember, also, that to hit Moore from behind, Nilan’s vehicle had to jump lanes, to the wrong side of the road from her perspective as driver.

It’s not certain how long Moore laid in the snow, unconscious. It was long enough for Toby’s hair to freeze in his master’s blood, which pooled on the pavement (you remember, there wasn’t much snow by that time in late fall, a pattern that continued all winter). At some point, he staggered to his feet and walked home, with Toby leading the way.

After the accident, when it came time for his walks, Toby would not turn right from his Macintosh Avenue home to head north on Winesap toward East Street. That would have taken him past the spot of the traumatic and near-fatal incident. Dogs have access to an entire other perceptive universe when it comes to these things, and Toby just wouldn’t do it.

Good News on Toby

THE PLANET is pleased to report, though, that Toby has sufficiently recovered to walk past the fateful spot. What appears to have been a catalyst is the repaving of Winesap Road not long ago. Prior to the repaving, Peter Moore’s blood stains could still be seen, months after the accident. The stains survived all winter, spring, and into the summer. That is confirmed by Peter Moore’s father, Tom, a retired captain in the Hartford Police Department.

We have information from two sources that when the city began work on paving in that section of town, Winesap Road was the first one to be paved. The new surface covered up the blood stains, and now Toby will walk past the spot and be OK with it.

That’s a little bit of good news.

As for Peter Moore, his slow recovery continues. Family members say that while he has made remarkable progress, he is still dealing with the physical, mental, and emotional after-effects of his harrowing experience. One family member said that Peter will likely never fully recover.

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 SOURCE: OFFER HAS BEEN MADE TO HEAD OFF CIVIL CASE

A source has also told THE PLANET that the Nilans have made an offer to the Moores in an attempt to avoid a civil trial. We have yet to confirm that with attorneys, though we have near confirmation (information that would support this assertion of fact, though not officially or definitively) from one of the families.

As best as the source knows, the offer is for $100,000, which apparently is the limit amount of Nilan’s insurance coverage. If that information is true, the Moores now have to decide among their options:

(1) Accept the offer.

(2) Reject the offer.

(3) Reject the offer with a counteroffer.

Each strategy sets up entirely different options from that point.

Option (1)

This would be easiest way to make to nightmare go away. The case has been traumatic for both families. The Moores may wish to put the episode in the past, get what they can, so they can better go on with their lives. The Nilans may wish to settle here rather than face a court trial, where the potential for loss and liability would be far greater than $100,000.

Option (2)

(2) An outright rejection of the offer would send a message, the “see you in court” choice. It would most likely indicate that the Moores do not want to settle out of court and intend to pursue justice through a civil trial. In a civil trial, witnesses are called, evidence is introduced, and many of the procedures are the same as in the criminal trial.

As you may know, Ms. Nilan’s criminal trial ended with a plea, where she admitted to negligent driving. Hit-and-run charges were dismissed. This doesn’t mean that a hit-and-run did not happen. It just means the court didn’t hear evidence on that or determine innocence or guilt. A civil trial would likely focus on that aspect.

Also remember one key difference between a criminal and civil case. To find a person criminally responsible for a hit-and-run incident, the evidence has to convince judge or jury “beyond a reasonable doubt.” That’s a lot of leeway, and rightly so for the protection of the defendant.

In a civil trial, evidence has a lower standard.  The convincer need only a “a preponderance of evidence” to suggest a person acted in a manner guilty of hit-and-run. Does the Moore team have that “preponderance?” Depends on who you talk to, but most uninterested observers — and nearly all of the lawyers, judges, and retired judges we have talked to about this case — think so.

OPTION (3)

The middle road. Here, the Moores would look at $100,000, all of which will likely be covered by Nilans’ insurance, as the ante. That simply gets them in the game. The Moores would then present a counteroffer, an amount they feel would adequately address their physical, mental, and emotional duress. From there, the horse trading would begin for keeps. If the sides reached a mutually agreeable figure, the case would be over. If they could not settle ion terms, it would head to court. That’s where witnesses would be called and, under oath, testify about what they know.

THE PLANET will not predict which option will be selected. We will not offer advice or opinion on which option is the best. We leave that for the better-informed. We conclude by saying that at this point, it seems certain the Moores’ choice will be one of the three.

Based on our interviews and what we hear from THE STOOLEY, THE PLANET doesn’t see option (4) coming into play: That would be that the Moores just walk away.

Would you walk away, having suffered in the manner that the Moores did?

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THEY TALK OF YOU AS GOOD AS YOU ARE AND SPEAK OF ME AS BAD AS I AM.  YET — AS GOOD AS YOU ARE AND AS BAD AS I AM, I’M AS GOOD AS YOU ARE AS BAD AS I AM!

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

 

53 Responses to “!PLANET EXCLUSIVE! NEW INFORMATION ON NILAN-MOORE CASE: REVISED SEQUENCE OF MEREDITH NILAN’S ACTIVITIES AFTER SHE LEFT ALLIUM’S ON THE NIGHT OF DEC. 8 … GOOD NEWS ON TOBY MOORE: HE CAN NOW WALK PAST THE SPOT WHERE HIS MASTER ALMOST DIED AFTER BEING HIT BY NILAN’S SUV … plus … SOURCE SAYS NILANS HAVE MADE AN OFFER TO THE MOORES TO SETTLE OUT OF COURT”

  1. taxmano
    September 14, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Dan, I admire your courage after what you’ve been through regarding your reporting on this case .

    BTW, did the Nilans get to be delegates at the DNC?

  2. Sean
    September 14, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    The damage to the windshield after the impact (with whatever she thought it was) was extreme enough to cause her to reach for a cell phone, call for a police unit, and freeze herself solid (even though panic stricken) to that location until a unit arrived.

    She comes from a law enforcement family and background: and some behaviors are inherent in your personality almost from birth.

  3. tito
    September 14, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Option one should read a two to five in front of the zero, and another zero added at the end…2 to 5 million.

  4. Scott
    September 14, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Why weren’t any of the witnesses called during the criminal court hearing? Everyone just keeps their mouth shut too bad the cops didn’t smell weed on Nilan that night or find a joint in the car. Then she would have really been in trouble.

    @ “tito” I agree if he has life long effects otherwise I’d take the hundred grand and invest it wisely. You could do a lot with that kind of money if you’re smart and are already established as the Moore’s seem to be with good jobs and a home in a decent area. That would be a nice little boost. They’d most likely see that money faster too.

    • Spectator
      September 14, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      She would not have gotten in more trouble with weed.

      REMEMBER it was her FATHER who abused his authority and influenced the actions and disposition of the court, which clearly acted in the interest of protecting his reputation and that of his family, and not in the interest of the victim, who, if you recall, was refused a victim advocate, or the ability to tell his side of the story.

      If the Moore’s civil lawyer is smart, he’d be going after the Commonwealth, and the District Attorney for fostering an environment that enables corruption, and prevented justice from being done the first time around.

      • Scott
        September 15, 2012 at 5:08 am #

        I agree with everything you said.

  5. Levitan
    September 14, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    $$100,000

    It’s an incredibly low amount for the amount of damage done. A medical malpractice involving brain damage (neuroma’s) will get you $500,000 – $750,000 settlement (not court awarded damage.)

    Mr. Moore will need far more than $100,000 to cover future expenses associated with his injury. Therefore, he needs to reject the offer.

    Insurance coverage is just one of many sources from which the Nilans will be able to draw from to compensate Mr. Moore.

    I wish both parties equity and justice.

    • Levitan
      September 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

      The Nilan offer will be filed under W for Wishful Thinking.

    • Levitan
      September 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      Last, but not least, I hope the Moores are consulting with a lawyer with a specialization in brain injuries. The impact of that sort of injury tends to manifest later in life, and access to that knowledge, as well as medical experts who can testify to those facts, may be important in supporting his case.

  6. Outfox
    September 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    The owner of Allium, Nancy Thomas,has had to appear before the Williamstown board of selectmen several times to explain alcohol violations at her Wiliamstown restaurant, Mezze. At at least one of these hearings, Thomas has to assure the board that her staff would get the required TIPS training, part of which teaches restaurant employees when to cut off patrons who may have drank too mupch. I think a good civil attorney would want to consider the possibility of liability on the part of the restaurant.

    As for weed, we voted to make it a $100 fine if caught with it, remember? No more criminal sanctions there.

    • Dave
      September 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      and pottsfield made it $300 remember oops spelled it wrong sorry

      • Scott
        September 15, 2012 at 5:04 am #

        I thought that was Lenox?

  7. Judas Priest
    September 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Great coverage. Dan you have shown yourself to be a professional journalist in all respects, this story is fact-filled, thoguth provoking and properly qualified. I like what Levitan said, in that I also wish both parties equity and justice.

    • danvalenti
      September 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      Appreciate this, JP. We’re just trying to stay on an important story.

  8. FPR
    September 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Wow Dan, Great article.

    Molly would have been proud of you!

    Yes I agree the offer of $100,000 seems ridiculously low. Its not even reasonable.

    I think Peter Moore could easily get at least 10 times that and in fact needs more than that just to cover his medical expenses.

    The Nilans have not played fair to Peter throughout this whole ordeal and this offer is adding insult to injury. Literally!

    Peter Moore did not ask for any of this. His only way to gain any kind of justice and closure is to take this all the way in court. I am sure a jury will award him handsomely. Even still he has to suffer for the rest of his life and no amount of money can change that. He has done absolutely nothing wrong. Just out walking his dog on a cold December evening.

    I think that Molly’s advise would be to reject this offer and take it to court.

    • danvalenti
      September 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      FPR
      Thank you for the call out.

  9. Joe Blow
    September 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    Cliffy is very scared about a civil trial,I would love to be a fly on the wall during the depositions.

    • levitan
      September 15, 2012 at 11:44 am #

      Everyone is frightened by a civil trial. That’s why a settlement is likely a reasonable option.

      Moore needs to account for legal fees and projected expense should his health deteriorate more rapidly in later years as a result of the injury and the delayed medical response.

  10. dusty
    September 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Dan you say that it is possible she got out of the car and did not see anyone lying there. If he hit the windshield how far could he have gone and how far did she look? No way she could miss him if she did look.

    • danvalenti
      September 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      Though it is unlikely, given the physical evidence, it is possible.

    • smh
      September 15, 2012 at 2:30 am #

      And let’s remember there is apparently a street light pretty gosh darn close to the spot where the incident took place.

  11. Ron Kitterman
    September 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    @ Taxmano The results of the 3/6/12 election may surprise you… Clifford J. Nilan 60(3a) 46 (3B) , Lynne A Nilan 53 ( 3A) 42 ( 3B) Paul Capitano 91 (3A) 76 ( 3B) Meredith D. Nilan 54 ( 3A) 38 ( 3B), Melissa Mazzeo 0 ( 3A) ( 3B) , Linda Tyer 0 ( 3 A) 1 ( 3B ) the results were not for the DNC, they were for the Democrat State Committee ….

    • danvalenti
      September 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      Thanks, RONNIE.

    • danvalenti
      September 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

      Totals thus were:
      Cliff Nilan, 106
      Lynne Nilan, 95
      Paul Capitanio, 167
      Meredith Nilan, 92
      Melissa Mazzeo, 0
      Linda Tyer, 1

      • dusty
        September 15, 2012 at 8:14 am #

        I would say those numbers suggest that only GOB members voted in that election

  12. tito
    September 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Congratulation to Councilor I Barely have time Clairmont, for his second consecutive King of the Swamp’ award, dealing with the not for profit fiasco.

  13. AMBROSE
    September 15, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    100 grand’s not bad, 67K for pete, 33K for his lawyer, then of course the tax man has to get his cut. really deserves at least a million take home after all expenses and taxes

    • Larry
      September 15, 2012 at 6:17 am #

      Really should be in the $10 Million range for physical disability, medical bills now and here after as well as personal and family mental anguish. Even if he does get awarded something in that ‘neighborhood’, he will only get the insurance value plus what the Nilans total net worth…. less the house on Winesap.

      • Tom Sakshaug
        September 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

        Does the family’s net worth actually come into play, or only Meredith’s? Dad and/or Mom may have owned the vehicle, but neither was immediately responsible. If only Meredith’s net worth is in play, then the $100K may be the best the Moores can get, which would be sad. I would think that a woman her age living at her parents’ home has few assets.
        I don’t know the answer to this question, I’m just putting it out there.

        • Larry
          September 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

          I do believe it was daddy’s car we are talking about here

          • danvalenti
            September 16, 2012 at 8:56 am #

            Meredith was driving her father’s SUV at the time of the incident with Mr. Moore.

        • danvalenti
          September 16, 2012 at 9:01 am #

          TOM
          You raise an interesting point about assets. One would think the family’s assets are in play, judging by the actions of the Nilans to protect their home under the homestead act. The house on Winesap will not be in play, as I understand the law, as long as they have that as their primary residence. One property lawyer that I asked says that unless she is not aware of some missing and mitigating fact, all of the Nilan’s assets would potentially be at risk, given a number of factors (Meredith lives at home, driving her father’s vehicle on the night in question, and and involvement members of her family may have undertaken in terms of the case, particularly any actions that, if undertaken, would be construed as obstruction of justice.

  14. FPR
    September 15, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    Just to add another cent to my 2 cents:

    I bet Peter Moore is trying to make the right decision here.

    Something for him to think about is what if it were the identical situation only the identities were reversed. What if it were Peter out drinking and partying and spilled something on his party dress?

    If it were Peter who was driving home drunk to change his clothes and Meridith Nilan out walking her dog got hit and run by Peter, what do you think Cliff Nilan would have done.

    Let me answer that: Cliff Nilan would have literally Crucified him.
    He would have immediately put a lien on his house and safe deposit boxes and bank accounts. Peter would be penniless and all of us would have 100% behind it.

    But that’s not what happened is it?

    Ask Peter if he would prefer his life back Pre-drunk driving hit and run or the money. I bet you he would prefer his life back the way it was. However, that’s not possible without a time-machine.

    So it all boils down to the money doesn’t it? He got shut out and never had his day in court. What was done was criminal in my opinion. Its just a question of how much money at this point.

    If I were Peter, I would get the most ruthless lawyer I could find to work an a contingency. Someone who has no connections to Pittsfield GOB club. If I were Peter, I would not feel bad about it either because the Nilans would have done far worse had it been him.

    • dusty
      September 15, 2012 at 8:17 am #

      I agree. and I would want something large for the whole run around with the legal system. Cliffy was spitting in his face adding insult to injury. Literally.

  15. Beacon Hill Mob
    September 15, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    I have NO CONFIDENCE in the Berkshire country criminal justice system.

    Cliffy should have been fired after the shenanigans with his Diddler friend Stracuzzi. He should have been brought up on obstruction charges for the Morre Hit and Run.

    Meredith, should not be driving and should be in Jail/Howard Street.

    We can’t do anything about the judges/magistrates , as they are appointed by the GOB democrats on Beacon hill. The GOBs have a stranglehold on the legislature, they will go to any length to maintain. Vote them out? good luck.

    We could take a small step and vote out DA Capeless.

    • Dave
      September 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

      In all fairness, When people get all over Cliff Nilan for his handling of the Stracuzzi probation issue, he actually in my opinion handled that case as he would any other. His probation was transferred from another jurisdiction who gave the probation office the CHARGES HE PLEAD GUILTY TO! Not the original charges, not speculation of what took place. but what the courts in Maine deemed appropriate. I don’t recall the exact charges but if the same standards applies for EVERYONE whether you like them or not, then it comes down to a lot of factors. Job situation, family situation, flight risk, The job of the probation dept, is to monitor the person during the probation period and make sure he doesn;t reoffend. In this case with Mr Stracuzzi, Mr Nilan did his job, With all the people on probation choices have to be made on who to moniter more closely and I have never heard of Mr Sracuzzi’s name come up since so as far as I am concerned this is a non-issue for Mr. Nilan.

      • danvalenti
        September 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

        DAVE
        You are mistaken. Stracuzzi copped a plea of guilty to two of the four charges. The two charges associates with what police alleged were Angelo’s attempt to pick up two teen-age boys on successive days were dropped. He was not tried on those charges. The two charges of assault comprised the plea. He was sentenced to a year in jail, suspended, a year of probation, and psychological counseling. Probation, at Stracuzzi’s request, was transferred from the York Couty, Maine, jurisdiction, to Pittsfield, Mass., ostensibly to make it easier for Stracuzzi to fulfill the terms. Your suggest that the Maine probation office gave the Pittsfield office, headed by Angelo’s buddy Cliff Nilan, the charges which were dropped has no basis in fact. That is not how the courts work. They transfer culpability based on charges to which a defendant admitted guilt. Stracuzzi himself admitted to Conor Berry of the BB that he never fulfilled the probation. He said he showed up at the Pittsfield probation office, and he was asked if he wanted to see an officer. Angelo said he told them no, and that was that. You mean to say that’s how probation is typically handled. Do you think the Pittsfield probation office would have allowed YOU to do that. Moreover, there is no evidence to suggest that Stracuzzi received the court-ordered psychological counseling. You statement that “Mr. Nilan did his job” with respect to Stracuzzi cannot be supported by factual claim but only by apologetics and wishful thinking by FOCs and FOGS (Friends of Cliff and Friends of Stracuzzi). As an aside, do you also think Nilan did his job while serving on the board and as a senior officer of Greylock Federal Credit Union, of which Stracuzzi was president and CEO? When you want to make the kind of judgments you make here in this post, you must have mastery of the facts. Clearly, you didn’t, as you admitted in your comments. Thanks, nonetheless.

        • Dave
          September 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

          Dan. I am not an apologist for anyone but as you say the two charges were dropped. I may have not explained my point correctly that the probation office in Berkshire County was not aware of every charge, but the probation can only be based on what Mr. Stracuzzi plead guilty to, otherwise I don’t think there would ever be any plea bargains. I didn’t mention GFCU because I was only speaking on the probation issue and I reiterate I am not an apologist and there is no defense for that.

          • Scott
            September 16, 2012 at 6:57 am #

            He didn’t meet the terms of his probation and admitted it. He was trying to pick up young men for sex, according to the police allegations. Those are all facts. He should be ashamed of himself but he’s not and you are all enablers no better then Jerry Sandurski.

          • danvalenti
            September 16, 2012 at 9:02 am #

            DAVE
            I understand. But he pleaded guilty to two charges, for which he was sentenced to probation. The terms of the probation were never fulfilled, as far as the facts of the case reveal.

      • Beacon Hill Mob
        September 17, 2012 at 8:39 am #

        Cliffy should have been fired for the Diddler friend he shielded.

        I pulled all my $$$ out of Diddiler Credit Union when I became aware of perverts and CRIMINALS running the show.

        Stracuzzi never completed probation thanks to Cliffy, he should have been a “Sawshack” resident for a year in Maine, with soap on a rope.

  16. Beacon Hill Mob
    September 15, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    P.S. I wish the Moore case had gone to trial and I was on the jury

  17. Judas Priest
    September 15, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Well the $100,000 is chicken feed I agree. You have to consider the laywers take which will be anywhere from 25 to 50%. Then the tax man as someone pointed out. So rule of thumb is you take the opening offer from the other side and multiply it by 50. That brings you to $5 million. I am sorry the Moores never got a chance in court shut out of the first magistrate hearing, not allowed to speak when Meredith pled guilty and never given any sort of apology of expression of sorrow from any of the Nilans. This is the opportunity not for revenge for plain simple justice.

    • levitan
      September 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      In my mind, Justice is tzadek. In Plato’s discussion of which, the ideal, which is described by his definition of Justice, is for anyone to to be at their best. It is not “an eye for an eye” but what makes a each person’s world whole.

      Merideth, we understand from Valenti’s account, got involved in a terrible accident. She made the lousy and awful decision to drive away from it and went to a place of comfort which was her family at Patrick’s as opposed to providing for the victim.

      For Tzadek to manifest, Peter Moore and his family must get whatever material support that can be gained for future and present needs and for Merideth Nilan to know that she provided that which she could she did provide to the injury that night and to the family’s pain onwards.

      I sincerely wish both well.

      • outfox
        September 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

        Were the Nilans to experience teshuvah, tefillah and tzedakah it would be one heck of a day of awe Peter Moore, L’shana tovah, Levitan.

        • outfox
          September 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

          for Peter Moore, I meant.

        • levitan
          September 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

          Thank you, OF. Unfortunately, I slept through all that jazz whereas it is clear that you have not. Shalom.

      • danvalenti
        September 16, 2012 at 8:57 am #

        Great sentiments, LEV. Many thanks.

  18. Scott
    September 16, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    I meant Joe Paterno in my last post I wouldn’t allege child abuse against anyone with out facts. Just sayng to all the Angelo supporters.

  19. tito
    September 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Dan, Mike Wallace just caught a touchdown pass for Pittsburgh. Thought you might be interested.

    • danvalenti
      September 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      Thanks, Tito. He’s as good a football player as he was an interviewer!

  20. GMHeller
    September 18, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Many are under the impression that IRS will be getting a piece of any settlement or award paid to The Moore.
    Notso,according to Lucadia Law and Mediation:
    ‘Is Your Settlement, Verdict, or Award Taxable?’

    “Here’s what the IRS says about physical injuries[1]:
    If an action has its origin in a physical injury or physical sickness, then all damages (other than punitive) that flow therefrom are treated as payments received on account of physical injury or physical sickness whether or not the recipient of the damages is the injured party. [These] damages…are excludable from gross income [i.e., non-taxable]. [T]he exclusion from gross income under IRC section 104(a)(2) also applies to any compensatory damages received based on a claim of emotional distress or mental/emotional injury that is attributable to a physical injury or physical sickness.”
    SEE:
    http://www.leucadialaw.com/2011/05/is-your-settlement-verdict-or-award-taxable/

  21. Andy
    September 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    So she was driving around in a smashed up car from Winesap Road to Patrick’s or did she go get another car at home?