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Unanswered Questions in the Buckheit Case

Original post made by Douglas Fir, Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch, on Oct 23, 2010

After more than nine months, one of the most pressing questions in the Buckheit case is why no suspect in the falsification of his police report has been identified.

The Atherton Police have an internal affairs officer. In addition it has a computer forensics expert on staff. It also has a change log. When the admission that the Buckheit report was falsified, it would have been very easy to lock down all of Atherton's computers and find out who the offending party was.

The examination of the PD's computers can still take place. The only question now is: what's stopping them?

Comments (11)

Posted by Thelma
a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm

They are waiting for enough time to pass that records will be "unfortunately" destroyed according to some conveniently required protocol. The system is fully rigged.

Posted by Rayofsunshine
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Oct 23, 2010 at 11:59 pm

How about some food for thought and for the record, "Required Protocol" is required as mandated by state laws that cover records retention and the schedules they must adhere to. And, if you think about the required length of the records retention (time kept) vs. the amount of daily paperwork that is involved,(storage space) there is NOTHING convenient about it. As a matter of fact, there are also records you must keep forever, I kid you not!

Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 24, 2010 at 8:18 am

Today, records are scanned and stored electronically. You can literally store a warehouse of documents on a storage drive that's about as big as a old yellow pages phone book (remember them?). And it takes almost no effort to back up (duplicate) this storage to multiple locations to make sure it is secure and cannot be deleted. Welcome to the 21st century.

In addition to being incredibly cheap, one of the nice things about electronic storage is that it can be indexed to dates, names, key word, subjects, addresses and key words. As such, in just a few nanoseconds, you can find documents - all documents - with a few key strokes.

This is pretty standard stuff for most private businesses today.

Posted by prime suspect
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 24, 2010 at 9:33 am

[Post deleted. Please avoid unverified allegations of wrongdoing by named individuals.]

Posted by I smell a rat
a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Look for two people in the Atherton Police Department to take the fall. The one who falsified the report and the one who had the technical expertise to identify the culprit but used that technical experties to the opposite effect.

Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

That's not taking the fall.

That's paying the price.

Posted by Thelma
a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Listen up. If you you are interested in a constructive and meaningful resolution to the Buckheit case, you need to pay close attention to the fact that the the newly appointed "bridge"city manager who will be running things between now and the negotiation conference has been recruited from The Sequoia Healthcare District which has also recently absorbed ex Atherton Police Chief Glen Neilson who was at the helm when the Buckheit incident occurred. I had already been wondering if the Healthcare District (Horsley's outfit) had turned into a place to park public employees who were either owed favors or who had not outlived their usefulness. Watching the recruiter who found her for us, sitting with Cary Wiest at the last week council meeting made my hair stand on end. Looks like Atherton is determined to repeat itself in a very closed loop.

Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm

If this truly constitutes a conflict of interest, Mr. Buckheit's attorney can ask to have her excused.

It doesn't look like either party is ready to settle anyway and this interim manager will likely be gone by the time this gets to trial or real settlement discussions.

I wouldn't be overly concerned. Mr. Buckheit is in the driver's seat, not the town.

Posted by Thelma
a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Pogo if you are interested in the Buckhiet case being worth a big fix for the county as well as Atherton you need to adjust you scope.

Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Thelma -

Perhaps you need to learn how civil litigation works.

Atherton's interim Town Manager will have no impact on the progress of this case.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I have reopened this thread but limited it to registered users.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Oct 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm

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