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Friday, May 23, 2008

Rigas Resentencing Hearing Held/John Not Well

Rigases ask federal judge to shorten their prison terms

Judge considers appeal in videoconference with imprisoned father, son

By Jerry Zremski NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF


NEW YORK— A frail John J. Rigas returned to court Thursday via videoconference from a federal prison in North Carolina, as his family and his lawyer pleaded for reduced sentences for the onetime Buffalo Sabres owner turned convicted felon and his son Timothy.

Read more in The Buffalo Evening News.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got to be kidding me! How many times does the same Government judge get to hear the same case!?? I thought the appeals process was to be heard by an unbiased judge?!! The govt. has completely destroyed the local economy there,the Rigas family and Adelphia!! I lost stock too but as long as the govt. has that "Do as I say ,not as I do" attitude;what right do they have to put dying 83 yr. old men in jail!!I have known Mr. Rigas for twenty years and he would not intentionally defraud anyone!Did they make mistakes? Of course they did!The Govt. was looking for a scapegoat and they found them!Sending Mr. Rigas to prison for "life" makes it all better,doesn't iT?? Not!!Bush continues to do what he wants,ignoring court orders and started a war we can't win by "defrauding"the american people!!Vice Pres.Cheney's company Halliburton,has "defrauded" the taxpayer out of trillions of dollars in the last half a dozen wars.Hundreds of dollars for a toilet seat or a bolt.or food services!!Investigations have confirmed this but nothing has been done!? How can the govt. expect the people to live by the laws,when they show total disregard themselves??Give me a break!! Send John Rigas home to his family! They are already suffering the rest of thier lives.
Brad Jones

Friday, May 23, 2008 8:06:00 PM EDT

It appears to me that John Rigas is a good and decent man who earned his riches through hard work but became overwhelmed by the complexity of the rules and regulations that surround the business world. If one of his employees needed an operation, instead of asking his legal counsel for an opinion on how to proceed, he simply reached into the corporate cash drawer and paid for it, the old school way. He would worry about the details and the legalities later. But the legalities ensnared him.

At a time when GW Bush's buddies at Enron were caught stealing millions,(or was it billions?) the Bushies needed to find a high profile corporate executive to perp walk on nation television and John Rigas was the unlucky target.

The Bush Administration wants John Rigas' to stay in jail because they say he's a danger to society. What hogwash. The danger to this society is George W. Bush, not John Rigas. Let Mr. Rigas out of jail; Let Bush take his place.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smoke and Mirrors if you ask me...

Why do you think none of the news programs talked about the cost of oil, gas and diesel for so long?
Smoke & Mirrors, our media and government are darn good at that.

Kept us up to date on the bull going on between Mr. O and Mrs. C until it has made us choke!

Our government have become a big joke to all us tax payers and every other country.

Mr. Bush has tarnished his image with me forever...the damage that was done to our community and Mr. Rigas as well as his family is unforgivable! Shows you how smart our leaders are doesn't it? Shut down a tax paying business to prove a point?! Hurt a good man and his family that have done so much for others. But lets use the tax payers money on illegal's here that are killers, drug dealers and the list goes on. Sign them up for all you can Washington and Harrisburg...medical, education, makes me mad every time I think about it!

Makes you wonder why we even get up every morning and go to work, feels like we are fighting a fight that we will never win....idiots!
Vicki Sherwood

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reduce their sentences? I almost choke on my chicken barbeque when I read posts from the Rigas booster club like the above. I'm sure the Rigas clan are very nice people and they have done alot for the county in the past. They key word being the PAST. But, when will people stop drinking the Rigas flavored cool aid? If only they would leave the non-sequitors and red herrings out of their reasoning process, they might come to an understanding of what happened within the company. Read the trial transcripts. These people are civil corporate criminals who stole from a public company & devistated people and entires communities. Let go of the Robin Hood mentality. I can't run my business that way and neither can they. We are still feeling the effects of their actions, in shame, declining real estate values and the division it has created among the local people. Yet, everyone is still pointing fingers and no one has enough character to take ownership of their actions. They are like children caught in the act. The Rigas's still own many properties worth a great deal of money. So I cry not for them. Let us leave
them where they are and move on.

Saturday, May 24, 2008 11:50:00 AM EDT

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

You've got to be kidding me! How many times does the same Government judge get to hear the same case!?? I thought the appeals process was to be heard by an unbiased judge?!! The govt. has completely destroyed the local economy there,the Rigas family and Adelphia!! I lost stock too but as long as the govt. has that "Do as I say ,not as I do" attitude;what right do they have to put dying 83 yr. old men in jail!!I have known Mr. Rigas for twenty years and he would not intentionally defraud anyone!Did they make mistakes? Of course they did!The Govt. was looking for a scapegoat and they found them!Sending Mr. Rigas to prison for "life" makes it all better,doesn't iT?? Not!!Bush continues to do what he wants,ignoring court orders and started a war we can't win by "defrauding"the american people!!Vice Pres.Cheney's company Halliburton,has "defrauded" the taxpayer out of trillions of dollars in the last half a dozen wars.Hundreds of dollars for a toilet seat or a bolt.or food services!!Investigations have confirmed this but nothing has been done!? How can the govt. expect the people to live by the laws,when they show total disregard themselves??Give me a break!! Send John Rigas home to his family! They are already suffering the rest of thier lives.
Brad Jones

Anonymous said...

Smoke and Mirrors if you ask me...

Why do you think none of the news programs talked about the cost of oil, gas and diesel for so long?
Smoke & Mirrors, our media and government are darn good at that.

Kept us up to date on the bull going on between Mr. O and Mrs. C until it has made us choke!

Our government have become a big joke to all us tax payers and every other country.

Mr. Bush has tarnished his image with me forever...the damage that was done to our community and Mr. Rigas as well as his family is unforgivable! Shows you how smart our leaders are doesn't it? Shut down a tax paying business to prove a point?! Hurt a good man and his family that have done so much for others. But lets use the tax payers money on illegal's here that are killers, drug dealers and the list goes on. Sign them up for all you can Washington and Harrisburg...medical, education, makes me mad every time I think about it!

Makes you wonder why we even get up every morning and go to work, feels like we are fighting a fight that we will never win....idiots!
Vicki Sherwood

Anonymous said...

Reduce their sentences? I almost choke on my chicken barbeque when I read posts from the Rigas booster club like the above. I'm sure the Rigas clan are very nice people and they have done alot for the county in the past. They key word being the PAST. But, when will people stop drinking the Rigas flavored cool aid? If only they would leave the non-sequitors and red herrings out of their reasoning process, they might come to an understanding of what happened within the company. Read the trial transcripts. These people are civil corporate criminals who stole from a public company & devistated people and entires communities. Let go of the Robin Hood mentality. I can't run my business that way and neither can they. We are still feeling the effects of their actions, in shame, declining real estate values and the division it has created among the local people. Yet, everyone is still pointing fingers and no one has enough character to take ownership of their actions. They are like children caught in the act. The Rigas's still own many properties worth a great deal of money. So I cry not for them. Let us leave
them where they are and move on.