Anchorage - (Ass Mess): Amid today's dramatic headlines that the two top VECO officers who pleaded guilty to bribing four Alaskan state legislators both face up to 10 years in jail comes the news that embattled Juneau High School Principal Deborah Morse may have relied on VECO largesse to bankroll her defense against Joseph Frederick who is suing her following the 2002 Bong Hits 4 Jesus debacle.
Frederick famously held high his waggish Bong Hits banner as the Winter Olympics torch passed through Juneau. His school principle Morse was outraged, marched over to where he was standing in the street, tore down his placard and slapped a 10 day school suspension amid outraged bewilderment of students and town residents alike.
Frederick retalliated by suing her and the School Board, the latter suit being the subject of a Supreme Court appeal on vital First Amendment issues.
But in the one-on-one suit Morse's legal costs have mounted and her teacher's salary has not been nearly sufficient to meet the horrendous lawyers' fees that her foolhardy actions have resulted in.
So far Veco Corporation Chairman Bill Allen and Vice President Rick Smith, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges in Anchorage today, have yet to admit their involvement in doshing up Ms Morse in her god-driven legal fight against paying compensation to Frederick for her wholly daft and unconstitutional harassment of his Bongs 4 Jesus caper.
But they have admitted to making more than $400,000 in illegal payments and promises to as many as six public officials or family members in their corruption activities.
The Feds have yet to publicly join the dots that connect those family members to Morse's bank accounts and cheques issued to her own attorneys on an ongoing basis to pay for her own legal defense costs.
Joseph Frederick is 24.