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    San Luis Obispo County Sheriff candidate Ian Parkinsonís

    Ian Parkinson: Witness for hire
    October 5, 2010 5:09 pm


    San Luis Obispo County Sheriff candidate Ian Parkinsonís testimony as an expert witness in a 2000 civil case helped his sister-in-law Rita Tavernetti collect a $1.4 million dollar settlement.

    By his own account, Parkinson, currently a captain with the San Luis Obispo Police Department, has testified as an expert accident reconstructionist in more than 200 cases over the past 18 years.

    In the Tavernetti case, Parkinson was paid $150 per hour for a total of about $6,000 to investigate the accident and testify in support of his sister-in-lawís quest for damages.

    A review of the court transcripts by CalCoastNews shows that Parkinson failed to publicly reveal his relationship to Tavernetti during 108 pages of testimony.

    In addition, even though Parkinson has testified that he has owned and run an accident reconstruction business for 18 years, he does not appear to have a San Luis Obispo city business license as required by the cityís municipal code.

    Also, in order to conduct investigations for trials not associated with his job as a peace officer, Parkinson is required by law to be a licensed private investigator, according to the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. Failure to acquire a valid private investigator license is a violation of the California Business and Professions Code.

    Parkinson does not have a private investigatorís license, according to state regulators.

    In 2000, Parkinson testified in a jury trial in which his sister-in-law was seeking monetary damages after her father died in a freak accident. Parkinson testified that both an eyewitness and a California Highway Patrol officerís accounts of the crash were flawed, leading the way for his sister-in-law to collect a large award.

    Nevertheless, Parkinson failed to mention to the jury or the judge that one of the plaintiffs, Tavernetti, was his sister-in-law.

    ďObviously, at some stage, somebody needs to determine fault in the collision,Ē Parkinson testified in the 2000 civil trial, according to the transcripts. ďMany times, both parties donít know who is at fault and they need somebody, an impartial person on the outside, to look at the issues to determine fault.

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    SO??? And this has WHAT to do with OC???
    I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do those things to other people and I require the same of them.

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    This thread should be moved to the Social Lounge.

    However, I think there is a reason for this post. We will see.

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