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Dismissal of lawsuit against Menlo Park fire board directors may be appealed

Original post made on Jun 9, 2014

Once all the legal maneuvering is over, this may wind up being the most expensive campaign sign in history: John Woodell has filed a court notice that he intends to appeal a judge's dismissal of the defamation lawsuit he brought against two Menlo Park fire board directors.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 9, 2014, 10:05 AM

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Posted by Enuff
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

What an outrage!
Woodell and wife Kirsten Keith, who surely agrees with this latest ploy to waste more taxpayer monies in this soap opera of a frivolous lawsuit, are totally out of step with the community.
I guess they don't read the Almanac online...

Does anyone believe that Woodell's phone just happened to be under the uprooted sign? Or that someone stole his phone, uprooted the sign, and stuck the phone underneath to "incriminate" him? Wouldn't he want to make the evidence on the phone available to prove his innocence? Conversely, wouldn't he want to destroy the evidence if it proved his guilt?

The judge rightly blasted Woodell for erasing the evidence on the phone. And now he's crying that he didn't get a fair trial! Why? Because he didn't win?
These costly and childish shenanigans should end the political careers of both Woodell and Keith for good.

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Posted by motive
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

There is simply no motive for an adult to toss a sign for any candidate, let alone the fire board. On the other hand, the candidate was able to take advantage of television news coverage during a political campaign. The lack of broadcast television news at this point shows that nobody cares about this story.

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Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 9, 2014 at 11:30 pm


The $64,000,000 question is how Woodell's cell phone got under a discarded campaign sign of an opponent of the candidate he was supporting. You'll have to ask him. That's the question that seems to be nagging at people who know about Woodell's ridiculous lawsuit. I'd also like to know what motivated Woodell to intentionally destroy evidence that could have proven his innocence.

Woodell started this frivolous lawsuit, and he is continuing it by stating that the judge made am illegal ruling. I agree with Enuff that Keith has to have some knowledge about what her husband is doing. She is also an attorney, so I would hope that she would talk some sense into her husband, especially if she is running for city council again! It seems that neither one of them can take responsibility for their actions. They need to grow up or permanently get out of politics. I hope it's the latter!

Unfortunately for Kiraly and Bernstein, they have to deal with Woodell's nonsense and defend themselves. Then again, Woodell and Keith may want this "publicity" for Keith as she goes into campaign season. If that's the case, I hope Menlo Park voters realize that her reasoning is just as sick as her husband's and unelect her!

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