Rebecca Radich had worked as a secretary in Habay's office since 1996.
The ruling will help to settle whether Radich
and the other petitioners are true vanguards of the public interest, a cabal with an axe to grind, or perhaps a bit of both.
As was the case July 19, when the hearing began, Radich
and co-petitioner Janet Martin often had trouble phrasing their questions and were patiently guided by the judge as they rephrased them.
Simpson granted the petitioners extraordinary leeway as they fumbled their way through documents and courtroom procedures, at one time allowing Radich
, who had taken the stand, essentially to question himself.
...The hearing also took the form of an old-fashioned mud-slinging contest -- at one point, Radich accused Habay of putting a dead snake in his driveway, as well as poisoning his private pond.
Sheridan suggested that Radich
had recently been charged in a road-rage incident and accused Radich
of being the ghost author of a series of newsletters that anonymously made fun of Habay