GRAND TRAVERSE ACADEMY ATTORNEY KERRY MORGAN TODAY FILES "MOTION TO QUASH"; MEG HACKETT'S TESTIMONY & MAY 30, 2013 LETTER TO ACADEMY BOARD SUBJECTS OF TODAY'S "MORGAN MUZZLE MOTION"!
In a follow-up to a news story first brought to you by this blog, Kerry L. Morgan, an attorney representing the Grand Traverse Academy, is still battling to keep a May 30, 2013 letter from Grand Rapids attorney Margaret M. Hackett to the Academy board from being admitted into evidence during Steven Ingersoll’s federal fraud trial.
And in a motion filed today in U. S. District Court, Morgan stepped up his effort—in addition to keeping the 2013 audit-related letter out of Ingersoll's case, the Grand Traverse Academy is also seeking to keep its author from being hauled into federal court to sing like a canary on the witness stand in Steven Ingersoll's fraud trial.
Hackett’s firm was asked by the Grand Traverse Academy for “legal advice in connection with certain matters that may pertain to future litigation.” Hackett provided the Academy with a “privileged memorandum that the Academy requests be quashed as privileged attorney-client communication and/or work product.”
The timing of Hackett's letter indicates it may have been the catalyst for Doug Bishop's June 13, 2013 “demand letter” to Steven Ingersoll seeking repayment of over $3.5 million dollars.
A subpoena was served on Monday morning, February 23, ordering Hackett to testify in Ingersoll's trial today. However, court documents reveal that subsequent to the subpoena being served, Hackett received a call from the U.S. Attorney's office stating that she did not need to appear until this Friday, February 27.
The disputed letter was among information disclosed to government prosecutors by Traverse City CPA firm Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth, and has not been made public.
Hackett filed an affidavit yesterday, which was included with the motion to quash Morgan filed today.