Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


The hearing of PARD's appeal of the Pullman Wal-Mart Supercenter project is less than two hours away.

Stay tuned for updates and breaking news.

Given the lateness of the hearing, there may very well not be a decision today.

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April E. Coggins said...

I just got back from Colfax. Pullman and Wal-Mart win again!

WSUStretch said...

OK- that's a tease. I knew what the bottom line is - what's the story :-)

WSUStretch said...

I should say, I knew what the bottom line should have been (and appears it was), so give up the story here :-)

April E. Coggins said...

Stretch: The hearing was extremely long and extremely tedious. PARD's attorney (Bricklin) dragged out PARD's arguments to the point of sleep among the audience. His tactic for winning was to frustrate and wear down the opposition. His ten minutes of argument was lengthened to one hour and forty minutes.
Both the Wal-Mart attorney and the City of Pullman's attorney were succinct and effective. Their combined time was about an hour. They clicked through their arguments and didn't rehash.
The judge took forever to make his ruling. He went this way and that, leading the audience on a roller coaster ride. Finally, at great reluctance and at great length, he explained why he was going to rule in the way he thought was correct. It took him forty minutes to tell us that he would not be making a written decision. In other words, we were listening to his written decision. This hearing amounted to a Readers Digest version of the two year Pullman Wal-Mart controversy, but nothing in the arguments ever changed.

WSUStretch said...

Thanks - I'm sure we would not be getting this version in our local media :-)