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Did Bisard “Stack the Deck”?

There’s a trick some comedians will use at open mic night contests.  If you’re playing a room you’re not familiar with, you invite all your friends, scatter them throughout the club and make sure they laugh loudly at all your jokes.   If they do it right, you win the contest.  David Bisard must be a real comedian deep down inside.

Just four days after 100 members of the Fraternal Order of Police voted to pay for Bisard’s legal defense, I’m hearing from very reliable sources who were at the vote that Bisard managed to stack the deck in his favor.   The sources, speaking on anonymity, laid out the following fact pattern.

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving Bisard reportedly went to the FOP headquarters and filed an official request for representation.  I’m told the Executive Board of the FOP usually meets on the last Thursday of the month and the general membership meets on the first Thursday of the month.  In this case the last meeting would have been the 18th since the last Thursday was Thanksgiving.

Sources say when Bisard filed his request the Board was not aware of it because they had already met and according to FOP bylaws any request for representation must be heard at the next business meeting.    Therefore, sources tell me, when December 2 came around, the day of the business meeting, Bisard had time to get the message out to his supporters and friends to show up and vote for him.   On average I’m told only 30-40 people show up for general FOP business meetings, this time it was 100.

This entire matter has outraged a number of officers who say they did not know about the vote, and if they had, they would have shown up and voted no.  A number of them plan to show up at the next general meeting of the FOP in January and vote to revoke the legal representation.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7MNPWANYRMNSIRNMZCAYE2QFZQ Whiz

    y.

  • Think Again

    I hear the anger and frustration in your “blogvoice.”

    Why are you so outraged? It’s their union. It’s their money. I am pretty sure the membership was duly-informed of the meeting. If some chose not to attend, it’s their fault.

    I was stunned at the FOP president’s public airing of their internal laundry. He said they routinely get a half dozen or so legal defense requests. No wonder they have to solicit folks by phone, for contributions. Their legal defense costs must be staggering. If they’re so damned public with this issue, would they care to enlighten tacpaying citizens: how much of that legal representation is senseless civil suits, and how much is criminal?

    I don’t like the “bad BAT” line some police officers are throwing around. It smacks of the exact defense lawyer tactic they oppose: getting off on a technicality. It’s inconsistent, to be kind. And if the FOP is concerned about public support, all they have to do is put their ears to the ground. Their current line of reasoning, is not popular. In fact, the PR climate is hostile to their claim of a bad blood test. The technician was not certified. IMPD took pains to point out, the test result, conducted in a certified county lab, was double-checked and accurate. The posturing and twisting by all parties in this case, is enough to give me a courtesy backache.

    You’re a lawyer. Why wouldn’t you want Bisard to have a superb defense team? He needs it. Don’t you know, that over half the successful criminal appeals, are based on poor trial defense?

  • Bill Owensby

    Abdul, I’m surprised and a little disappointed in your comments. You have lost your “investigative edge” in this Bisard incident. Clearly you have convicted him and clearly you are against the FOP assisting him in his defense. Dave Bisard is entitled to due process. To those who think that their donations to the FOP will pay for this I will say that you are mistaken. Any donations that are made to the FOP go to “Shop with a Cop” where we take 300-350 kids each December and provide for them a Christmas that they wouldn’t normally have. The legal defense budget is paid out of officers dues. I would encourage you, your readers and listeners as well as any IMPD officers reading this to simply get their facts right before settling for any “mob mentality” as to the guilt or innocence of Officer Bisard.

  • Me

    NEWSFLASH! Stop the presses, Abdul has the scoop on the FOP observing THANKSGIVING.

    He has further broken the story on people launching “get out the vote” campaigns to support their particular view. Abdul suspects you may even see Democrats and Republicans attempting such a deck stacking scheme.

    One source speaking to me anonymously said that they are shocked by this tactic and plan to stack the deck at the next meeting to show how they would never stoop to stacking the deck.

    Meanwhile, other news agencies are reporting that Director Straub has ordered all FOP members attend the next meeting and stand at attention while voting the way he tells them.

  • Think Again

    Bill, I, for one, as an FOP contributor, appreciate the clarification regarding contributions. It is much appreciated and it will change my decision regarding the enxt contribution solicitation I get.

    And as you can tell by posts here, I fully support the union’s right to do whatever they want with their money. It’s a private matter. Please keep it that way, for your own good.

    I do not understand:

    1. The union’s desire to make this vote public. It’s a huge sharp stick in the eye of the public. Very poor PR. It’s your private union business. No one mandates that you open up your books.

    2. The continuing attitude that unless we support what the FOP is doing, that we’re somehow anti-police or uninformed. Dude, the Bisard case has been the subject of much public attention. Anyone who reads the IMPD report, which is an offshoot of the FBI probe, knows the blood test was positive for AUI. Period. A technicality caused the prosecutor to withdraw those charges. Please don’t whiz on our legs and tell us it’s raining. It’s insulting.

  • Think Again

    “Operating Under the Influence” not AUI sorry

  • Abdul

    Bill, you are correct that I do have a difference of opinion on the FOP’s decision. I am also not a member which is fair. And while everyone is entitled to due process, they are not necessarily entitled to certain representation. As an organization, you guys are entitled to defend who you wish, I just think this one does the FOP’s image more harm than good.

  • MH

    Everyone isn’t necessarily entitled to certain representation? Huh..that damn pesky 6th amendment..who knew?!

  • http://twitter.com/IndyStudent Matthew Stone

    You should read the Sixth Amendment again, MH. You have the right to counsel of your choice. However, the counsel of your choice doesn’t have to represent you.

  • MH

    That’s a presumption that said choice doesnt want to represent a particular client, and in this case, the counsel on retainer for the FOP doesnt have that choice, regardless of the emotionally-based opinions of those who do not believe Bisard is entitled to representation. End of story, friend.

  • Guest

    He was getting “due process”. Just on his own dime. I don’t know why this wasn’t made known to the rest of the Dept. BEFORE the vote was taken. Why wasn’t this done like the survey? That was certainly spread far and wide before it was sent out. This was an important enough issue that everyone eligible to vote should have known this vote was coming up and been given the opportunity to vote. Poor judgment on someones part…..

  • Think Again

    Amen, Abdul. And in today’s IndyStar, the union allegedly pushes members to make their opinions public, regarding PSD Straub.

    Memo to FOP in LARGE LETTERS: Some battles need to be fought privately. This is ugly, and you’re losing support. Big time.

    FOP, If you think Pres. Obama’s numbers fell in the last year, you haven’t seen anything, if you keep this up.

    Silence CAN be golden.

  • Think Again

    Amen, Abdul. And in today’s IndyStar, the union allegedly pushes members to make their opinions public, regarding PSD Straub.

    Memo to FOP in LARGE LETTERS: Some battles need to be fought privately. This is ugly, and you’re losing support. Big time.

    FOP, If you think Pres. Obama’s numbers fell in the last year, you haven’t seen anything, if you keep this up.

    Silence CAN be golden.

  • Run like hell Bissard

    This “Officer” David Bissard should rot in jail. And then, there’s people like you (other officers) claiming He wasn’t drunk when He had an extremely high BAC. What a disgrace. And this was not the only crash he has had. Why wasn’t He investigated right there at the crime scene? Because his partners showed up to help him and probably drove him home still drunk. What a shame. People do not trust cops anymore.

  • Angie

    SO HAPPY that they are refiling charges!!!!!!

  • Angie

    SO HAPPY that they are refiling charges!!!!!!