VanGestel was with Goodwin, Procter in Boston before he became a state judge about 10 years ago. I think his preferred specialization was anti-trust, but I don't know where he stood. He is definitely anti-death penalty and was writing a book putting forth his views (but I don't know if he finished or got it published).
He was also the judge who issued that gag order in the sex education case a few years back. I don't recall the details, but a guy who is active against the rabid sex education current in the schools attended a parents' meeting and taped it. VanGestel put a gag order on him not to disseminate the tape. Maybe someone remembers more.
I don't recall if Howie wrote a column on this, but if he did, he probably skewered the judge but good. Not that that would influence the judge in any way, of course! ;-)
I (raccoonradio) wrote:
Too bad Howie didn't get Judge E. George Daher (the man who dubbed Billy Bulger "a corrupt midget"). Might be a bit sympathetic.
>>Funny, that the 'quote Liberal' judges that carr rants against may actually rule to fatten his pockets.
Please, let it be so, or let what happened to Imus happen to Howie: A $20 million settlement :)
It will be interesting to see if Howie is indeed on--first of all, might he be stuck at the courthouse (unless proceedings end before 3) or would WRKO indeed bench him? If Howie does make the jump what happens to the ads he's voiced for the station?
Can Howie get the howiecarr.com domain name back? he may have to get his own variation like howiecarrshow or friedclamman.com
This from Casablanca, a former WRKO producer who is not fond of Howie:
Unless we want to go back to indentured servitude I think the courts must rule in Howie Carr's favor. Like him or not, Carr has a right to work and make a living wherever he wants. His contract with Entercom ended; if there was an option, as reported, they did not pick it up. Howie should go to WTKK if that is where he wants to be.
It would set a terrible precedent if Entercom were to win and to be able to restrict talent [ although I use the word "talent" with caution]. If the courts support Entercom today the "talent" you like tomorrow may suffer.
Entercom seems to have made all the mistakes...that is a real surprise. Now, they should live with their actions or inactions. This time Howie Carr is in the right and the courts must support him
and I responded:
A caller noted yesterday that Howie should say something outrageous so he can eventually get a huge settlement like Imus did!
Even if Howie's off air for awhile he can still stay afloat via Herald and "book money"
>>Like him or not, Carr has a right to work and make a living wherever he wants.
That's very true--he would be forced to work where he doesn't want though I think that has happened in the past to baseball players (traded, or see the Curt Flood case)
btw I haven't read Globe article yet but Gary at boston-radio-interest reported that the station that wants to keep him is "WRKO-FM". ARKO-matic Howie! Be sure to tune in to 96.9 AM (LOL) tomorrow in case Howie wins his case! Not surprising, as this is the paper which used to tell people the Red Sox game would be on "WEEI-FM 850" (sic)
The complaint Howie's lawyers had filed, btw, can be seen here
contract due to expire today
Howie signed a couple extensions to the "six month date" back in March but then they failed to renew and once they heard of the WTKK offer they said they matched it and had the right to do so. Howie's lawyers say provisions are unenforceable.