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V. IMPORTANT - Bill Risner to BOD members re: ethics complaint 3-8-04 (added 3-28-04)*
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Bill Risner's response to and questions of KXCI BOD members
3-08-04 re:  the ethics complaint filed against him
 
Note the telephone conversation between Gary Wolf and
Mary J. Foster, Chair of the Committee on Rules of Professional
Conduct of the State Bar of Arizona.
 
The BOD and its agents continue to refuse to acknowledge
Bill Risner as a representative on the DI negotiation team, nor
have they as yet to state so or explain why.
 
This seems to raise the question, once again, of whether
or not they have the "courage of their convictions".
-

Bill Risner

 

March 8, 2004

 

Dear Tom, Lil, Jim, Jean-Paul, Kathleen, Phred, Ben, Debbie, Anne, Jim, Dave, Tom and Juan:

 

Your attorney Gary Wolf has informed me that he filed a complaint with the bar association alleging an ethical violation on my part. I do not know the contents of his complaint because he refuses to send me a copy. Following are a few matters that I would like to make clear to you as a board member and to your attorneys. If the bar association chooses to have me respond to his or their complaint, my response will be public. When I receive the complaint it will be public. There will be nothing private about any bar proceeding that results from his actions.

 

Your attorneys' complaints are baseless and malicious. I invite Gary Wolf, Kathleen Williamson and Bradley Miller to publicly state, specifically, how I have violated any ethical rule. They have slandered me to you. They have told you that I have violated ethical rules. They have said I have acted "inappropriately". My challenge to them is to spell it out.

 

They, of course, will not because their presumed cloak of secrecy of the bar association is the refuge of the scoundrel. They will solemly nod their thoughtful heads and with a serious expression proclaim that their complaints are "out of their hands" as if they can wash their malice from their hands.

 

Last Wednesday, March 3, I was one of four members of the Democracy Initiative selected to meet station manager Larry Bruce and two representatives of your board. At the beginning of the meeting Mr. Wolf stated he had "been asked by the KXCI Board" to request that I not attend the meeting because the Board had "expressed concerns over conflict of interest issues." When I did not comply with his request "on behalf of the Board" he then telephoned Mary J. Foster, Chair of the Committee on Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Arizona.

 

After explaining the situation to Ms. Foster the following exchange took place:

 

           Foster: Okay. I'm not sure why you think it's an ethics issue as

           opposed to a-ah, what's the ethical issue you have?

 

           Wolf:   Well, the ethical issue is ah, the attorney who is here associated with the

           Democracy Initiative has an adversarial relationship with the KXCI

           Board at this moment...

 

As you can see, I am not the only one who fails to see the ethical issue. The real issue seems to be my "adversarial relationship" with the KXCI Board. Adversarial relationship simply means you think that an appointed board of directors where you get to select new board members is a good idea and I and others think that the members should elect directors. Your group wants self perpetuating control. I want all KXCI members to exercise control through an elected majority. How can that be translated into an ethical issue to be resolved by the State Bar of Arizona? The answer is obvious in that it is not an ethical issue no matter how hard your malicious team of licensed lawyers try.

 

Mr. Wolf says in his March 4, 2004 letter to me that "KXCI feels betrayed" by my actions. As board members, please tell me why you feel "betrayed" or if the board cannot speak for itself, authorize your agent to tell me why. I am willing to reciprocate and tell you why you have betrayed KXCI.

 

Mr. Wolf says "we have been moving forward" in his continued investigation of my alleged "on-going" breach of "fiduciary duty and confidentiality as a former Board member of KXCI". This is a topic where I need the help of each of you. I do not want to inadvertently reveal any confidentialities or breach any "on-going fiduciary duties" resulting from my service on your board twelve years or so ago. It seems, however, that I am not smart enough to do so and that is why I will need your help. Since, as Mr. Wolf has stated, your board of directors "feels violated and betrayed" by my actions you obviously have very specific facts known to you that you could share with me. Such strong emotions must be based upon known facts.

 

I recall from my elected service on behalf of KXCI members that the meetings of the Board of Directors were open to the public who were invited to not only attend but speak. I am having a hard time recalling "confidentialities". I have not silently sat back, however. I have exercised due diligence and have talked with several other ex-board members to obtain their help in remembering confidentialities. Unfortunately, they could not recall any either.

 

Together with your crack team of licensed lawyer bullies you surely should be able to help me out by identifying on-going fiduciary duties that I either have breached or might do so in the future. Perhaps Mr. Wolfs investigation has moved forward enough to share its fruits. We know that this board violated my right to the membership list. But, that cannot be it since I was the victim and you were the violators. This board has spent members' money investigating me, but, again that cannot be it. This board has purchased advertising to defeat a member initiative but, of course, your repeated violations of your fiduciary duties cannot be attributed to me. Frankly, I am simply at a loss. But with the assistance of Gary Wolf and his chorus perhaps you can come up with something that can be of assistance to me in avoiding an inadvertent disclosure of old board secrets.

 

On the other hand, it is quite obvious that his latest threat on behalf of "we" and "the board" is simply a continuance of the irresponsible bullying tactics taken by this board since the Democracy Initiative started. All of this may be normal business practice for you or him, but is truly astonishing to me. I have witnessed more slimy personal attacks in our simple by-laws change initiative than in any political fight I have been in over the last quarter-of-a-century. And to have your attorneys lecture me on ethics and fiduciary duties truly takes the cake.

 

I await the details.

 

Yours Very Truly,

 

William J. Risner, Esq.

 

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