More comments arrived today from Oklahoma Attorney Gary Richardson, the lawyer representing several plaintiffs against Narconon Arrowhead et al.
Richardson is shocked over comments Oklahoma Sheriff Joe Kerns said in a Fox News23 interview – “especially doing an interview on Narconon Arrowhead while an investigation is still supposedly on going.”
In an email received at 2:45 PM this afternoon, Richardson replied to the comment made by the Sheriff Joe Kerns: “I would rather have a live Scientologist than a dead kid”
Response from Gary Richardson:
“Sheriff Kerns surely doesn’t mean to say, or even imply, that had Kaysie, Gabriel, Hillary and Stacy been Scientologists they would be alive. But it’s such a strange statement for him to make, that it is hard to know what he is really saying. It just seems, at the very least, to be such an ignorant and insensitive statement to make in view of parents that have lost children at Narconon Arrowhead for “unexplained” reasons, for whom paid thousands of dollars to Narconon Arrowhead to hopefully help them with their addictions.“
Gary Richardson said “to put it mildly, I was shocked to see Pittsburg County Sheriff Kerns on a Fox 23 special doing an interview on Narconon while an investigation is still supposedly on going. That wasn’t, however, quite as shocking as what he said — I recognize a “whitewash” when I see one.”
“If they want to “whitewash” these 3 deaths that’s one thing, but the audacity of this Sheriff to go public, especially when I take it that he still contends there is an investigation going on” is frustrating Richardson.
Richardson said he “can name a number of folks they either haven’t interviewed that has facts” and “based on his 40 years’ experience, the Sheriff’s office wasn’t looking for evidence to find fault.”
Three Narconon Arrowhead patients died while in the center’s care. Stacy Murphy, Hillary Holten, and Gabriel Graves, all perished in a nine month span – prompting the Sheriff’s investigation back in 2011.
“Representing the families of 3 of the last [Narconon] death cases, I can tell you these deaths have not been investigated by this Sheriff’s office. I have talked to too many that have facts that have not been talked to. Thanks Sheriff, but ‘WE’ will do our own investigation.”
Gary Richardson is a prominent attorney in Oklahoma and in 1981 was appointed by President Ronald Regan as the United States Attorney. With the reputation of obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts in complicated civil suits, he won the largest recorded jury verdict in a defamation case for an individual in the amount of $58 million.
David Edgar Love