District Attorney Glenn Funk and crisis communication consultant Bill Fletcher are both fighting against requests to be deposed in the David Chase civil lawsuit.
Documents obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team show both Funk and Fletcher have hired private attorneys to keep from having to give depositions in the contentious lawsuit.
Chase, a prominent developer, is suing several people, including his ex-girlfriend, accusing them of ruining his reputation and causing him to lose millions of dollars after domestic violence charges were filed against him.
Chase’s ex-girlfriend claimed he beat her. The case gained notoriety when a judge allowed Chase to avoid a 12-hour cooling off period after he was arrested.
After the district attorney’s office dropped the criminal charges, citing the credibility of the accuser, Chase then filed a civil lawsuit.
As part of the case, Manookian alerted Funk and Bill Fletcher that he intended to depose them.
Documents show Funk hired personal attorneys to fight the deposition, writing that he is exempt from testifying unless under extraordinary circumstances.
Fletcher’s own attorneys issued documents confirming that he was hired by Chase’s former criminal attorney to be a non-testifying consulting expert.
Those documents criticize how the I-Team was able to obtain Chase’s video deposition, and also reads that the defendants cannot access documents or information regarding Fletcher’s role in the Chase camp.
Manookian said he had no comment about the case, and attorneys for both Funk and Fletcher did not return our calls for comment by our deadline.
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