The consultant, Lester E. Hendrickson, of Mesa, Ariz., declined to comment when reached by phone.
A staff person in his
office said the case was opened in March.
...Hendrickson's most recent contract with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection started July 1, 2003, and is due to end June 30.
Under the contract, the state has agreed to pay Hendrickson
up to $98,000.
In return, Hendrickson
is to "provide expert consultation and litigation support by reviewing and testing evidence, including electrical hardware of metals, providing necessary reports, evaluations, deposition, and trial testimony." Chris Parker, CDF's deputy chief of law enforcement in Sacramento, said the department has been contracting with Hendrickson for at least the past seven years and that Hendrickson has proven to be a dependable expert.
is currently involved in other CDF investigations in the state, Parker said.