Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Tentative Ruling Live at

A faithful reader passed on a link that shows Judge James Brown is tentatively ruling against the News-Press on the hard drive (now drive(s) plural) issue. Somehow, another Apple G4 desktop computer with two hard drives; as well as an Apple G4 laptop with one drive, did not get mentioned in any of the other press to date that I have seen. Did I miss that? Why wouldn't even the News-Press have corrected that in their smear piece against Roberts? Or, do they think that is the smoking hard drive? Where are my Morleys!

Here's the actual text:
{Tentative} Ruling: The court denies petitioner’s motion for order requiring return of evidence. The court’s order dated February 15, 2007 will remain in effect for 60 days and will terminate on July 2, 2007.

See the full text of the tentative ruling here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig Smith reports that News-Press circulation is down FIVE times the industry average.

The newspaper is embroiled in loser lawsuits, is being unionized, can't field enough reporters to cover the news, is overwhelmed by local internet competition and has lost relevancy and respect.

Wouldn't most businesses look to hire competent executives at this point?

5/02/2007 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Potential Next Topic:

Sara, did you see the "Editors Note" that ran today? I've copied below. Unbelieveable!


May 2, 2007 12:00 AM

A story on the front page of Tuesday's News-Press grossly exaggerated the number of people who took part in last year's "A Day Without an Immigrant" march in Santa Barbara. As we reported on May 3, 2006, authorities estimated about 15,000 people participated -- not "hundreds of thousands" as was reported Tuesday. Such errors of fact provide a distorted picture of reality, and play into the hands of those who seemingly benefit from the error. Our goal is to present news without error or bias. This story failed in both regards, and for that we apologize.

5/02/2007 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could someone post again the tentative ruling. It is no longer at the Court web site--apparently removed by the Court after the hearing. Even better, if the final ruling exists, please post or provide a link. Thanks.

5/02/2007 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are publishers Wendy McCaw and Nipper von Whatever desperate to retrieve the hard drive since they will need it to defend themselves from Jerry Roberts’ inevitable mammoth defamation lawsuit?

5/02/2007 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The editor's note refers to the ONLY local story on page one on Tuesday. The rest were wire stories. And it appears they blew the only local page one story.

Most of the news on key local events for Tuesday was covered instead on the front pages of, the Sound and

No wonder News-Press circulation is plunging.

5/02/2007 7:16 PM  

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