Brodsky v. Yankees, Round 2
Richard Brodsky and the Yankees faced off in court on Monday in the latest battle of their ongoing war. When the two parties last met in court, the Yankees sought to nullify a subpoena filed by Assemblyman Brodsky which seeks documents detailing the construction of the new Yankee Stadium. State Supreme Court Justice John Egan Jr. gave the Yankees and Brodsky three weeks to attempt to settle their dispute, but as expected, no settlement was achieved.
What George F. Carpinello, a lawyer for the Yankees argued yesterday (from the New York Times):
“I’m going to show through 47 exhibits that he’s a hypocrite,” Carpinello said, as he tried to prove how Brodsky supported stadium financing before he turned against it; how he had used his stated goal of investigating abuses in the way that local agencies issue tax-exempt bonds, like those the Yankees employed, to initiate a pinstriped witch hunt; and how he lacked the legislative authority to go after the Yankees....Brodsky's argument (from the Albany Times-Union):
The Yankees are so big that they claim their employees have stored 1.39 million e-mail messages and attachments, totaling an estimated 5.5 million pages, on the subjects of Brodsky’s subpoena. The cost of a search, the Yankees said, would be $5.5 million, which they said the state would have to pay.
An Unfair Target? The Yankees Say So
Mr. Brodsky, a Westchester County Democrat, wants to know more about that arrangement and whether the public -- which includes the 83 percent of New York baseball fans in a Marist College poll who say tickets cost too much -- was properly served....Also from the Times:
If you're keeping score at home, you might well wonder why compliance with Mr. Brodsky's subpoena would require the review of 1.39 million e-mails and attachments, not to mention all the documents that could be inside 1,800 boxes of archives.
What's to Hide?
The Yankees offered a settlement last week that Brodsky appears loath to accept: access to paper and electronic correspondence between five Yankee staffers (among them Levine and Trost), and six city offices, about five discrete subjects.Egan has yet to render a decision.
MY QUESTION: Did the Yankees really send 1.39 million emails that have to do with the new Yankee Stadium?
I'm not sure I buy that figure, at all.
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