Deposition of Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz
Ray James Artiano, representative and deponent
by Maura Larkins on November 8, 2007
against this website
Maura Larkins made a discovery request for specific
documents collected by Stutz law firm about her case. She
asked for Bate-stamped documents beginning "with the
number 1 (not 01 or 001) and continuing through 87."
Deposition page 6 line 18 through page 7 line 11:
Q. Do you have a document that is Bate-stamped with a 5,
not a 05 or a 005?
A. Not to my knowledge.
MR. SHINOFF: Nor do I.
BY MS. LARKINS:
Q. Well, that is very interesting. How about a
document that is Bate-stamped ... 6, not 06?
A. Not to my knowledge.
MR. SHINOFF: Nor do I.
Q. Did you bring any of the documents that are
specifically numbered here in paragraph 1 on page 2 of
A. Based on what we could make out from your
request, we had the documents gathered, which Mr.
Shinoff, my attorney, brought with him.
Q. Well, it would appear that either intentionally or
unintentionally, you ignored this last sentence in this first
See page 10 below for Mr. Artiano's lawyer's excuse for not
searching for the documents.
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
STUTZ, ARTIANO, SHINOFF & HOLTZ, APC,
MAURA LARKINS, and DOES 1 through 100, inclusive,
CASE NO.: 37-2007-00076218-CU-DF-CTL
VIDEOTAPED DEPOSITION OF RAY ARTIANO
Taken at San Diego, California
November 8, 2007
1 Deposition Notice 6
2 NCTimes.com Website Article dated 10-25-2007 34
3 Page from Website San Diego Education Report, Mauralarkins.com 40
4 Subpoena to Testify Before Grand Jury 45
INSTRUCTIONS NOT TO ANSWER
12 EXAMINATION BY MS. LARKINS:
16 Q. How are you feeling today?
17 A. I'm feeling fine.
18 Q. Can you think of any reason that you wouldn't
19 be able to give your best testimony today?
20 A. No.
21 Q. Okay. Uhm. My deposition subpoena asked for
22 documents. Did you bring documents today?
23 MR. SHINOFF: Yes. We did.
24 MS. LARKINS: Okay. Instead of handing them
25 all in a bunch, where it will be hard, I'm sure you can
1 figure out what they are faster than I can. Do you have
2 the bate stamped Document Number 5?
3 MR. SHINOFF: We have many bate stamped
4 documents in our office, and we were attempting to figure
5 out precisely what it was that you were looking for, but
6 we do have a bate stamped Document Number 5 dated April
7 26, 2001 from yourself to Mr. Werlin.
8 MS. LARKINS: Okay. You know, I'm a little
9 confused here. Isn't Mr. Artiano supposed to be talking?
10 MR. SHINOFF: No, not right now. Not right
11 now, because you asked me about documents that are being
12 produced; and so, as counsel, I'm telling you what we
13 have produced.
14 MS. LARKINS: Okay.
15 MR. SHINOFF: We brought a series of documents
16 bate stamped 1 through 70 -- or through 84.
17 (EXH. 1 was marked for identification.)
18 BY MS. LARKINS:
19 Q. Okay. I'd like to have this marked as Exhibit
20 Number 1. It is my notice of taking deposition and
21 request for production of documents. And here is a copy
22 for you, Mr. Artiano. Does this document look familiar
23 to you?
24 A. Yes, it does.
25 Q. Okay. Would you look at the second page. And
1 the first paragraph, can you read the bottom sentence,
2 the last sentence in the first paragraph.
3 A. The deposition may also be recorded through
4 such means as to provide the instant display of the
5 testimony as also authorized by CCP Section 2025(d).
6 Q. Excuse me. I'm sorry. I meant the paragraph
7 that is numbered one.
8 A. Well, the document speaks for itself. I'm not
9 here to read, ma'am.
10 Q. Okay. Well, I'm going to consider you a
11 hostile witness, and this is how I'm going to do it. I
12 will ask you if it says a certain thing. I'm going to
13 need my copy.
14 Mr. Artiano, on page 2, line 15 of Exhibit 1,
15 do you see the sentence, "The bate stamps begin with the
16 number 1, not 01 or 001, and continue through 87"?
17 A. Yes, I do.
18 Q. Okay. Do you have a document that is bate
19 stamped with a 5, not a 05 or a 005?
20 A. Not to my knowledge.
21 MR. SHINOFF: Nor do I.
22 BY MS. LARKINS:
23 Q. Well, that is very interesting. How about a
24 document that is bate stamped 06 -- 6, not 06?
25 A. Not to my knowledge.
1 MR. SHINOFF: Nor do I.
2 BY MS. LARKINS:
3 Q. Did you bring any of the documents that are
4 specifically numbered here in paragraph 1 on page 2 of
5 this exhibit?
6 A. Based on what we could make out from your
7 request, we had the documents gathered, which
8 Mr. Shinoff, my attorney, brought with him.
9 Q. Well, it would appear that either intentionally
10 or unintentionally, you ignored this last sentence in
11 this first document request. So I'm asking you, now that
12 I'm making it really clear to you that the documents I'm
13 talking about don't have any zeroes in front of the
14 single digits, did you bring any of those?
15 A. I just answered that.
16 Q. It's a yes or no answer.
17 A. I just answered that.
18 Q. Could you read back Mr. Artiano's last answer.
19 (Record read line 17 and then line 6 through
21 BY MS. LARKINS:
22 Q. Okay. Did you bring a document that is bate
23 stamped with a 9, not a 09?
24 A. Not to my knowledge.
25 Q. Did you bring a document that is bate stamped
2 MR. SHINOFF: Yes.
3 BY MS. LARKINS:
4 Q. And what is that document, Mr. Artiano?
5 A. That document is a letter dated -- actually, it
6 is undated; although, there is a Chula Vista Elementary
7 School Human Resources stamp that says June 4th, 2002.
8 It is addressed to a Dr. Gill from Maura Larkins.
9 Q. And do you believe that the Maura Larkins who
10 wrote this letter is the person who is taking your
11 deposition right now?
12 A. I assume so.
13 Q. Well, why would you think that I would want a
14 copy of my own letter?
15 A. I have no idea what's in your mind, ma'am.
16 Q. I wanted a document that your law firm has been
17 refusing to produce for several years. I'm very
18 disappointed that you are still not producing it.
19 MR. SHINOFF: We'd be happy to produce whatever
20 we have. The problem is that you have filed multiple
21 lawsuits. And we have -- as you do, we have multiple
22 Beacon boxes of documents; and we used our best efforts
23 to try to determine exactly what you want, and this is
24 what we brought.
25 MS. LARKINS: Is it not true, Mr. Shinoff, that
1 you actually used your best efforts not to produce the
2 documents I requested?
3 MR. SHINOFF: That's not true. And I'm not
4 going to argue with you.
5 BY MS. LARKINS:
6 Q. Did you bring a bate stamped document 11 that
7 was not written by me?
8 MR. SHINOFF: We brought a bate stamped
9 document 11.
10 MS. LARKINS: Was it written by me?
11 MR. SHINOFF: I don't know. It has your
12 initials by it.
13 MS. LARKINS: Does it have my name on it?
14 MR. SHINOFF: It has your name on it, yes.
15 MS. LARKINS: Does it say "from Maura Larkins"?
16 MR. SHINOFF: It does.
17 MS. LARKINS: But you are not sure if it
18 actually is from Maura Larkins?
19 MR. SHINOFF: Only you could authenticate
20 whether that document is from you, but it appears to be
21 from you.
22 MS. LARKINS: Why would you produce a document
23 in this case that appears to be from me if you didn't
24 think it was from me?
25 MR. SHINOFF: Because you asked for bate stamp
1 11, we produced bate stamp 11.
2 MS. LARKINS: You wouldn't by any chance be
3 trying to perpetrate a fraud on the court by producing a
4 false document that wasn't really from me, that appeared
5 to be from me?
6 MR. SHINOFF: I would never perpetrate a fraud
7 upon the court. I know that you use language like that
8 without any consideration of what you are saying, but
9 bate stamp 11 is responsive to your document request, and
10 bate stamp 11 is here. So I would suggest that you move
11 forward with your documents and stop with the casting
12 personal aspersions. Take the deposition, please.
13 BY MS. LARKINS:
14 Q. Uhm. Mr. Shinoff -- Mr. Artiano, did you do a
15 search for the documents I asked for?
16 A. I had a paralegal do a search for the documents
17 which you asked for.
18 Q. You had a paralegal do the search?
19 A. Yes.
20 MS. LARKINS: Okay. May I look through the
22 MR. SHINOFF: Certainly.
23 MS. LARKINS: I believe that the documents that
24 you have here are completely separate, a completely
25 separate group of documents from the ones I wanted.
1 MR. SHINOFF: Well, I think you need to be
2 clearer then in terms of what you want.
3 MS. LARKINS: Mr. Shinoff, I faxed to Kelly
4 Angell the documents that you did produce. Well,
5 actually, you didn't produce them, but Parham Rajcic
6 produced them from my administrative hearing so that she
7 could easily determine what were the missing documents.
8 Your law firm has had years to produce these
9 documents; and, apparently, they must be very harmful to
10 your case or you would have produced them.
11 MR. SHINOFF: Well, you can entertain whatever
12 fantasy you wish to engage in; and I know that you are
13 prone to fantasies, but I respectfully disagree with your
15 MS. LARKINS: Mr. Shinoff, did you seek a
16 protective order from discovery in my case when I sued
17 Chula Vista Elementary School District?
18 MR. SHINOFF: My deposition isn't being taken.
19 MS. LARKINS: Oh, that is really confusing.
20 Uhm. I have got to get more. I've got to get you
21 talking more, Mr. Artiano. I have got to remember that
22 it is not Mr. Shinoff's deposition being taken.
23 BY MS. LARKINS:
24 Q. Did your law firm, Mr. Artiano, seek one or
25 more protective orders in -- when I -- in the case when
1 you were defending the Chula Vista Elementary School
2 District and other associated defendants?
3 A. I have no idea.
4 Q. Okay. When did you first become aware of my
5 lawsuit against Chula Vista Elementary School District?
6 A. Probably when we discovered the defamatory
7 material that you had on your website, right about that
9 Q. When I sued DOES for obstruction of justice,
10 and then I sought to name your firm as a DOE, your
11 secretary talked to me quite frequently about trying to
12 serve you. She would tell me that you weren't in. And I
13 remember one day in particular, she said you were in.
14 And then she called -- no, that you would be in at such
15 and such a time, and then half an hour before that, she
16 called and said that you had just left.
17 Do you have any memory of my trying to serve
18 you as a DOE as the representative of Stutz, Artiano?
19 A. No, ma'am.
20 Q. Do you normally have a pretty good memory?
21 A. I have an excellent memory.
22 Q. You have an excellent memory. Okay. I need to
23 find a document. I need to take a break. Is that okay
24 with everybody?
25 MR. SHINOFF: I want to stay on the record, but
1 you can look for your document.
2 BY MS. LARKINS:
3 Q. Uhm. Okay. Fine. Okay. What I'm looking for
4 is the motion that your law firm filed. What I'm looking
5 for is the motion that your law firm filed in that case
6 where I was -- I filed a complaint for obstruction of
7 justice against DOES; and your law firm got involved in
9 A. Ma'am, I'm here to have my deposition taken.
10 I'm not here to listen to you make speeches. So please,
11 if you have questions that you would like to ask me, I
12 will be happy to answer them.
13 Q. Okay. Let me ask you this. Well, I will tell
14 you what, just before we go on to the motion that Kelly
15 Angell filed on behalf of Chula Vista School District,
16 apparently collecting taxpayers' money for doing it, when
17 Chula Vista School District was not a party in the case.
18 A. Ma'am, please ask me questions. Don't give
20 Q. Well, gee, I would have thought that you really
21 didn't like to talk, to answer questions that much, since
22 you had Mr. Shinoff doing most of your answers.
23 Okay. I do want to get and note your law
24 firm's involvement in the obstruction of justice case.
25 Let's get -- let's just finish this up and find
1 out if you produced any of the documents that were
2 requested. Okay.
3 MR. SHINOFF: We produced the documents that
4 were requested.
5 MS. LARKINS: So far, I haven't seen a single
6 document, but let's go on to Number 2.
7 MR. SHINOFF: There is a disconnect, obviously,
8 between what you wrote down and what you wanted to have.
9 So I believe that we did a reasonable, good faith search
10 to determine what documents were responsive to your
11 request for production.
12 MS. LARKINS: Did you read the last line in
13 this paragraph that is numbered one?
14 MR. SHINOFF: The paralegal was charged with
15 the responsibility for looking for the documents. So she
16 looked through multiple documents, and that's what she
18 MS. LARKINS: Well, perhaps it's the
19 paralegal's fault. Perhaps she didn't read that
21 MR. SHINOFF: She's a very fine paralegal.
22 MS. LARKINS: Well, this a very fine sentence.
23 It is very clear.
24 THE WITNESS: Ma'am, I'm not going to waste my
25 time here with your engaging in these types of
1 discussions. Just ask questions, please.
2 MS. LARKINS: Well, Mr. Shinoff, did you hear
4 MR. SHINOFF: Yes, I did. And there are
5 provisions in the Code of Civil Procedure that prevent
6 depositions that are vexatious, that are harassing, that
7 are argumentative. You are held to the same standard as
8 a lawyer; and so you need to ask questions. That is what
9 the Discovery Act in the State of California is all
11 You desire to engage in speeches. That's not
12 what the discovery process is about. So I respectfully
13 disagree with your approach. Mr. Artiano is here to
14 answer questions.
15 MS. LARKINS: Okay. Mr. Shinoff, you are
16 required to behave, as well as an in pro per; and that
17 means that you should not be engaging in speeches, which
18 you just did.
19 MR. SHINOFF: Because I'm commenting on your
20 behavior, because I think it is violative of the Code of
21 Civil Procedure in the State of California.
22 MS. LARKINS: Well, that's exactly what I think
23 of your behavior. When you go on saying things like I
24 make statements without any consideration, which you said
25 today, or saying things like I know that you are prone to
1 fantasy, fantasies, I think that you are stepping outside
2 of a professional behavior, and I think that you need to
3 follow the suggestions that Mr. Artiano just made.
4 MR. SHINOFF: Is that a question?
5 MS. LARKINS: I'm not the deponent,
6 Mr. Shinoff.
7 MR. SHINOFF: No. You are the person who is
8 supposed to be posing the questions.
9 MS. LARKINS: Thank you. Okay. I want to --
10 apparently, you completely avoided all of this by blaming
11 it on your paralegal. And you avoided Number 1,
12 producing any of those documents.
13 Let's look at Number 2. Okay. Do you have
14 documents containing information regarding the dollar
15 amounts of payments from Chula Vista -- Chula Vista
16 Elementary School District?
17 MR. SHINOFF: No.
18 MS. LARKINS: Oh. Didn't you just earlier say
19 that you produced all the documents?
20 MR. SHINOFF: I said we produced the bate
21 stamped documents, yes.
22 MS. LARKINS: But on Number 2, you didn't
23 produce any of those?
24 MR. SHINOFF: That's correct.
25 MS. LARKINS: May I ask why?
1 MR. SHINOFF: Well, our objection is that they
2 are proprietary in nature.
3 MS. LARKINS: Okay. Did you produce documents
4 supporting your claim that my website has caused
5 financial losses to your firm?
6 MR. SHINOFF: We don't have specific documents
7 other than your website itself, and we have documents
8 from your website.
9 MS. LARKINS: I have no information on my
10 website about financial losses to you as a result of my
12 MR. SHINOFF: It is our belief that your
13 website has interfered with prospective economic
14 advantage. It's our opinion that your website is
15 slanderous, per se.
16 MS. LARKINS: If it were false, it would be
17 slanderous, per se. I agree with you there. The only
18 problem is is that it's all true.
19 Do you consider -- do you consider yourself a
20 lawyer for a public entity when you work for Chula Vista
21 Elementary School District?
22 MR. SHINOFF: I think your deposition is of
23 Mr. Artiano.
24 MS. LARKINS: Oh, that is right. Boy.
25 BY MS. LARKINS:
1 Q. Do you feel left out, Mr. Artiano?
2 A. I just would like to get on with the deposition
3 if you intend to take my deposition.
4 Q. Let's try. Let's just hope that Mr. Shinoff
5 won't be talking quite so much.
6 Okay. Mr. Artiano, in your complaint against
7 me, you stated or your firm stated that I had cost you
8 $100,000 or more. Do you have -- can you explain to me
9 how you came to that figure?
10 A. To which paragraph are you referring?
11 Q. I think it's right at the end of your
13 A. Which paragraph specifically?
14 Q. If you let me look at that, I will find it for
16 A. Well, this is my copy.
17 Q. You don't remember putting in your complaint
18 that you had losses of $100,000 or more?
19 A. Ma'am, I just asked you to tell me which
20 paragraph you are referring to.
21 Q. Okay.
22 A. I'm happy to answer it.
23 Q. Mr. Artiano, I believe that the quality of your
24 memory is important. Could you tell me, do you remember
25 that, in the complaint that your law firm filed, and you
1 are representing that law firm, that you said that you
2 had $100,000 or more of financial damages?
3 MR. SHINOFF: I'm going to object to the nature
4 of the question as being argumentative. You can answer
5 if you can.
6 THE WITNESS: Yes. In paragraph 35, it is
7 alleged that as a result of your defamatory statements
8 that we have suffered economic detriment and general
9 damages in an amount in excess of $100,000.
10 BY MS. LARKINS:
11 Q. I notice that you did have to look through that
12 complaint to find that fact. I myself remembered it
13 without looking at the complaint.
14 A. I told you before. I'm not here to listen to
15 you give speeches. Just ask me questions.
16 Q. Okay. Let me just say, given what just
17 happened, Mr. Artiano, would you like to revise your
18 earlier statement that you have an excellent memory?
19 MR. SHINOFF: I'm going to object that the
20 question is argumentative. Don't respond to that.
21 BY MS. LARKINS:
22 Q. Okay. Is there any particular client that you
23 have lost as a result of my website that you know of?
24 A. I don't know at this time if there is any
25 particular client that we have lost as a result of your
1 defamatory statements.
2 Q. Mr. Artiano, they are only defamatory if they
3 are false.
4 MR. SHINOFF: Again, I'm going to object that
5 the question is argumentative as phrased; and I would
6 respectfully request that you ask a question.
7 BY MS. LARKINS:
8 Q. Okay. You say that you don't know at this
9 time. Why didn't you find out if you had lost a client
10 before you filed this suit saying that you had $100,000
11 of damages?
12 A. You want me to answer that?
13 MR. SHINOFF: Sure. Go ahead.
14 THE WITNESS: Because of the defamatory
15 statements, which you have made on your website, it has
16 come to my knowledge that there have been a number of
17 individuals who have googled the name of the website.
18 And that, in turn, has led them to your San Diego, I'm
19 not sure what, San Diego Education Report Website.
20 And I know that it has caused concern on the
21 part of at least one attorney. I'm assuming that anyone
22 who googles us, as most clients and prospective clients
23 do, they'll come across your website and know nothing at
24 all about the author of the website and whether or not
25 the statements have any truth at all.
1 BY MS. LARKINS:
2 Q. If they knew more about the author of the
3 website, what would they know, that you seem to imply
4 that there is something to be known that isn't on my
5 website, I mean?
6 A. Well, what they would know is that the
7 statements, which you have made impugning the integrity
8 and character of the firm, are false.
9 In addition, I also know that, at least, at the
10 very least, one new attorney in our firm googled our
11 website prior to making a decision as to whether or not
12 he was going to join the firm, and then had to -- had to
13 check around after he saw the materials on your website
14 to determine who this person was and why these things
15 were being said so that he could determine whether or not
16 he should join our firm.
17 I assume that there are a number of prospective
18 candidates, as well as clients that we have, that do
19 exactly the same thing, come across the same information,
20 and it causes them concern.
21 Q. Okay. Well, it seems to me that you have done
22 a pretty good argument for saying that my website has not
23 harmed your firm. The only evidence you have is that
24 someone read my website and then came to your firm.
25 MR. SHINOFF: I'm going to object that the
1 question is -- the statement is argumentative. If you
2 could ask your next question, please.
3 BY MS. LARKINS:
4 Q. Okay. Is it your wish that people not check
5 around before they join your firm?
6 A. Is it my wish?
7 Q. Uh-huh. You seem to be complaining that this
8 prospective new attorney had to check around about you,
9 your firm, before he decided to join your firm. Is it
10 your wish that prospective attorneys not check around?
11 A. No. I think that anyone proposing any type of
12 relationship with a firm, whether it is a candidate or a
13 prospective client, do their due diligence. What
14 concerns me is that people have to deal with false
15 statements, which were made on your website.
16 Q. Well, I'd like to point out to you,
17 Mr. Artiano --
18 A. Don't point anything out to me, ma'am. Just
19 ask questions.
20 Q. Okay. Has any court of law decided that these
21 statements were false, the statements on my website were
23 A. Has any court of law?
24 Q. Uh-huh.
25 A. This lawsuit was just filed.
1 Q. Uhm.
2 A. There will be -- there will be a determination
3 at the conclusion of this case that the statements on
4 your website were false.
5 Q. Is that your hope?
6 A. No. I know that to be the case.
7 Q. How do you know that?
8 A. Because I know that the statements, which you
9 have made, are false.
10 Q. Uhm. Okay. Let's get back. Uhm.
11 Mr. Artiano, do you think that someone in your
12 law firm may have destroyed evidence in my lawsuit
13 against Chula Vista Elementary School District?
14 A. I'm certain that no one in my law firm
15 destroyed any evidence.
16 Q. Do you think that someone may have hidden some
18 A. I'm certain that no one has hidden evidence.
19 Q. Do you think that someone may have misplaced
21 A. I have absolutely no idea as to whether or not
22 anyone misplaced documents.
23 Q. Well, wouldn't that be your best explanation
24 for why you don't have Document 05 to produce to me
1 MR. SHINOFF: We did produce Document 05.
2 BY MS. LARKINS:
3 Q. I mean Document 5 without the zero. Isn't that
4 the best explanation for why you don't have Documents 5,
5 6 and 9 to produce to me today?
6 A. No. The best explanation is that your request
7 is extremely vague; and the paralegal did her best job in
8 trying to decipher what it was that you wanted.
9 Q. Uhm. Poor dear. Uhm. I -- maybe someone
10 should have helped her out.
11 Mr. Artiano, would you, yourself, give it a
12 try, to try to find these documents here, 5, 6, 9. And
13 then these other ones, apparently, they have the same
14 numbers as the ones that you have produced, but they are
15 from a different set.
16 MR. SHINOFF: Well, if you could be clearer in
17 terms of the documents that you are requesting, since
18 there are multiple lawsuits that you were involved in, we
19 would be happy to provide it in response to request for
20 production of documents.
21 MS. LARKINS: Is that your answer, too?
22 MR. SHINOFF: I'm responding to that question
23 as counsel for Mr. Artiano, because that is not an
24 appropriate question in a deposition. The question is
25 whether we will produce documents responsive to a request
1 for production. We will of course produce documents
2 responsive to a request for production of documents.
3 BY MS. LARKINS:
4 Q. Okay. Mr. Artiano, are you in agreement that
5 you did not bring today documents that were bate stamped
6 with a simple 5 without a zero in front of it?
7 MR. SHINOFF: The document speaks for itself.
8 I'm going to object. I'm going to instruct the witness
9 not to respond.
10 BY MS. LARKINS:
11 Q. If my statements about your law firm are false,
12 then why are you so afraid of discovery?
13 MR. SHINOFF: Again, the objection is that the
14 question is argumentative; and it is vexatious in nature.
15 And I'm going to instruct him not to respond.
16 BY MS. LARKINS:
17 Q. Okay. Uhm. Mr. Artiano, when I asked you,
18 uhm, what should people who come to my website know about
19 me that they don't know from the website, you said that
20 the statements are false; that's what they should know.
21 But that is not something about me. What should they
22 know about me that is not on the website?
23 A. I don't know what they could possibly learn
24 about you through the website.
25 Q. How many -- approximately how many pages of the
1 website have you read, Mr. Artiano?
2 A. I have no idea. I don't think that the website
3 is actually paginated.
4 Q. No. But just in your head, you could count,
5 like you would know if you had read one page or a hundred
7 A. I know that I have looked at the pages that we
8 have produced today.
9 Q. Okay. Do you know that, on the website, I talk
10 about -- I tell the story of how I was arrested?
11 A. (Witness shook head from side to side.)
12 Q. You didn't know that?
13 A. I have no idea whether or not you have been
14 arrested. It wouldn't surprise me, but I have no
15 Q. What would you expect me to be
16 Mr. Artiano?
17 A. I have --
18 MR. SHINOFF: I'm going to object that the
19 question calls for speculation. I'm going to instruct
20 him not to answer.
21 BY MS. LARKINS:
22 Q. Well, you said it wouldn't surprise you. You
23 said it wouldn't surprise you that I had been arrested.
24 So I was just wondering what sort of arrest you were
25 expecting to have occurred?
1 MR. SHINOFF: Go ahead. You can answer that.
2 THE WITNESS: I have no idea.
3 BY MS. LARKINS:
4 Q. But you just kind of, perhaps you'd like the
5 idea of me being arrested, and maybe you just created a
6 fantasy about it?
7 MR. SHINOFF: I'm going to object that the
8 question is argumentative. Don't respond to that,
10 BY MS. LARKINS:
11 Q. Okay. Uhm. Did you know that, on my website,
12 I have a detailed explanation of my administrative
14 A. Do I know?
15 Q. Yes.
16 A. I seem to recall that there was some
17 information concerning an administrative hearing.
18 Q. Okay. Do you know that, on my website, there
19 is -- I have written a lot about the school I taught at?
20 A. I don't really recall that. What I was looking
21 at were statements concerning my law firm.
22 Q. Uhm.
23 A. Whatever else you may have written about was of
24 no concern to me.
25 Q. Well, you seem to have expressed today a
1 concern that people know more about me than what is on my
3 MR. SHINOFF: That's not a question.
4 MS. LARKINS: But we can talk about that in
5 another forum.
6 MR. SHINOFF: Is that a threat or is that a
8 MS. LARKINS: You guys filed this lawsuit, not
9 me. We don't have to talk about everything in the
10 deposition. We can talk about it at trial, in motions,
11 in hearings, all kinds of other places. We don't have to
12 talk about it now.
13 BY MS. LARKINS:
14 Q. Okay. You said that you thought that people
15 should do due diligence when they -- let me see.
16 You seem to be upset that the prospective
17 lawyer had to check around after seeing my website. Am I
18 correct in that perception, that you were upset that he
19 had to check around?
20 A. As you have stated it, you are incorrect, yes.
21 Q. Could you explain to me exactly how you feel
22 about the lawyers, the prospective lawyers having to
23 check around?
24 A. What I had said was that it's very unfortunate
25 that someone would have to investigate statements, which
1 you have made on your website, which are false,
2 concerning unethical behavior, comments impugning the
3 reputation and character of the law firm and individual
4 lawyers in the law firm.
5 Q. Okay. About how much of your law firm's work
6 is work for public entities?
7 A. Uhm. I'm not sure that it has ever been broken
8 down in percentages. My best estimate would probably be
9 about 40 percent.
10 Q. Okay. How much of Mr. Shinoff's work is for
11 public entities?
12 A. I don't know.
13 Q. All right. When Mr. Shinoff is working for a
14 public entity, do you believe that his actions become a
15 matter of public interest?
16 A. If you are asking whether I think Mr. Shinoff
17 is a public figure, my answer is no.
18 Q. Does Mr. Shinoff frequently speak to the press?
19 A. You'd have to ask Mr. Shinoff that. I
20 certainly know that he has spoken to the press, but you
21 can certainly ask. You certainly have to ask him how
23 Q. Mr. Artiano, you seem to be very certain that
24 he's not a public figure; and, yet, you are not certain
25 whether he frequently speaks to the press.
1 A. Is that a question, ma'am?
2 Q. Well, I guess I'm just talking to myself here,
3 really. I shouldn't be just mentioning that. Uhm.
4 Okay. I'm just trying to understand your position here.
5 Let me put it this way: Does Mr. -- is
6 Mr. --
7 Do you read the newspaper?
8 A. I read many newspapers.
9 Q. Do you read the North County Times?
10 A. That's not one of the newspapers that I read.
11 Q. How about the San Diego Union?
12 A. I read the San Diego Union.
13 Q. Okay. Has anybody ever talked to you about
14 articles about Mr. Shinoff and other lawyers in your firm
15 that have been running in the North County Times over the
16 last, well, years, many years?
17 A. Probably not about the articles themselves;
18 although, there may have been discussions about cases,
19 which were prompted by articles.
20 Q. Or articles that were prompted by cases?
21 A. I'm sorry?
22 Q. Or do you really mean articles that were
23 prompted by cases?
24 A. No, discussions of cases or inquiries about
25 cases, which were prompted by individuals reading the
2 Q. A case would be prompted by -- oh, you mean a
3 discussion was prompted by someone reading the article?
4 A. Yes.
|San Diego Education Report
Deposition continued HERE.
More documents in this
case that have