That is the rumor. I asked Neil on two of his articles that have been posted. So far he has responded to others but not to me, which leads me to believe it is true.
To clarify, he is said to have recently moved to the San Diego area after his divorce. I know they had a beach house there, or at least they used to, so I’m guessing that’s the house he got. Anyway, the rumor is that he has started his own public relations/consulting firm and his biggest client is Jeff Burum, or one of Burum’s affiliates such as a partner, his attorney or someone else who is close to Jeff.
This kind of stuff gets around quickly, and if true, it is no wonder that the Daily Bulletin and The Sun chose not to print Derry’s articles. They are nothing more than PR pieces trying to influence potential jurors. And, I would agree with the supposed reason the Daily Bulletin and The Sun did not print them. They are old, rehashed news.
I always liked Neil and I thought he was an excellent county supervisor. I also thought his prosecution was wrong, at least at the level it was prosecuted. But that does not negate the fact that he is now allegedly working for a group of people accused of a long list of felonies who have done everything under the sun to intimidate witnesses and try to take the light off of the charges against them by obfuscating the truth. It’s sad to see Neil become a part of that so openly. I’m quickly losing respect for him.
But Neil is not the only one who is rumored to be part of the Burum machine. Some of you may have noticed that Mark Gutglueck was awarded adjudication for his paper, something that has been denied in the past.
This time around it was all done very secretively. It was filed as “In the matter of” so neither Mark’s name or the Sentinel’s name appear in a search of court records. That’s what an $800-an-hour attorney buys you. Yes, this time it was handled by Arent Fox, Burum’s attorney’s office. Imagine that! So when you read Colonies stories in the Sentinel, do you think they are well balanced and accurate.
I hold no grudges against Mark. I only wish he would be more truthful in his reporting and fact checked a lot more. He does a lot of good. But he also does harm when he isn’t truthful.
This is all only the tip of the iceberg. I cannot even discuss the really egregious things Burum is doing to sway public opinion. If they are so innocent, one has to wonder why they have to resort to this along with all the private investigators following witnesses, hacking phone records and everything else they have done to intimidate witnesses.