An attorney for theboard of supervisorsis withholding surveillance video taken in a county parking garage showing the arrest of Supervisor Donald Stapley. The attorney is threatening to release a video of a minor fender bender involving prosecutor Barnett Lotstein if the demand for the Stapley video is not withdrawn. The Stapley video is needed for law enforcement to assess a potential criminal case against Stapley. The attorney making this stunning threat is Ed Novak, acriminal defense attorneyand former president of the State Bar.
Also, the board of supervisors has set a date for the possible appointment of special prosecutors investigating their own, potentially criminal conduct. That date is New Year's Eve , a date when no board meeting is scheduled. They have provided no assurance they will approve the request even then.