Let’s Make A Deal

Joe Price to Turn Over Arent Fox Emails

Yesterday we had the plaintiff’s consent motion to extend time to respond to plaintiff’s motion to compel production of Joe Price’s Arent Fox emails. 

The additional time was requested because both sides were meeting and working towards a compromise.

Apparently those meetings have paid off and now it seems like a deal has been struck.

What precipitated this quick action and who may have gotten the better end of the deal?  The e-motional document follows.

From the joint motion to stay response deadline and ruling to plaintiff’s motion to compel:

“The parties have reached a compromise-in-principle regarding the issues raised in the Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel, which calls for production by Defendant Price of some, but not all, of the documents at issue in the Motion.  Assuming Defendant Price produces the materials that have been agreed to, the parties anticipate that the Motion will be withdrawn in the near future.”

Was this a fight that Price was not going to win so he cut his losses, and in turn kept his legal team from racking up additional billable hours?

Does this also mean Price’s former employer, Arent Fox, is now out of the picture?  Could Price actually be in possession of these emails and is able to personally turn them over to Covington?  And lastly, are there some emails Price will still fight to hold onto?

Joint motion to stay response deadline and ruling to plaintiff’s motion to compel

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42 comments for “Let’s Make A Deal

  1. Rich
    10/05/2010 at 8:21 AM


    Joe Price just might be cutting his losses, working toward getting the best possible deal wit the suit and moving on.

    There comes a time when everyone has to walk away from the pain and just move on.

    Maybe, that time has come for Joe?

    Odd, I know. But, just, maybe?

    • mw
      10/05/2010 at 11:14 AM

      The threat of a murder (or sex assault, agg. battery, whatever), looms though. He still has to fight this like a criminal case. I’d imagine he just doesn’t have anything major to hide in the emails. And maybe they even help his case, if he’s talking about all kind of private/ebmarassing things but doesn’t actually ever incriminate himself.

      • Rich
        10/05/2010 at 1:57 PM

        Help the Criminal Case or the Civil one? How?

    • CDinDC (Boycott BP)
      10/05/2010 at 11:26 AM

      Rich says: “There comes a time when everyone has to walk away from the pain and just move on.”

      that might be true for Joe et al. They will be elated the day this all goes away. But Kathy Wone will never be able to walk away. Bless her soul.

      I know what you mean though, Rich. Maybe Joe needs to “put down the arms.” Surrender. (What he really needs to do is give details about what happened that night.)

      • AnnaZed
        10/05/2010 at 1:40 PM

        Joe surrender?

        What blog are you guys reading?

        Joe will not back down, not in a million years of Sundays. Either there is no gold in them thar’ emails or the applicable law was so clear cut that fighting it would be pointless; one or the other, but concede even on the smallest point, not a chance.

        • carolina
          10/05/2010 at 3:11 PM

          I am also wondering in what world anyone would trust JP to turn over all the emails in question. I’d feel much more comfortable if they came from AF.

        • CDinDC (Boycott BP)
          10/05/2010 at 4:06 PM

          A settlement on the steps of the courthouse isn’t out of the question though.

          They are pleading the 5th….perhaps they might want to avoid the courtroom at all costs. A jury will probably eat them alive.

          Of course, Kathy Wone probably woudn’t want to settle. If I were in her shoes, I’d want to drag them in and around that courtroom.

      • Rich
        10/05/2010 at 1:56 PM

        Gotta agree with AZ. That’s a tough one. 🙂

        But, there is no way in hell Joe will ever surrender on the criminal charges. All 3 of them proved that during the Criminal Trial. I was certain, Victor was going to choke all the way up to the verdict and it didn’t happen.

        These guys are almost like Marion Barry in the late 80’s. They think they’re invincible and no one can harm them.

        Except for, “The Bitch that set him up.” 🙂

  2. anotherbill
    10/05/2010 at 8:20 PM

    If the emails come from Joe, and not directly from the Arent Fox servers (or backup thereof), there’s no way to show they’re not altered (or that they are altered, for that matter…). Even comparison with the same emails produced by the other communicant(s) would not necessarily rule out mutual editing.

    So is AF out of the picture? If so, why?

  3. Bea
    10/05/2010 at 8:33 PM

    I don’t think Covington will trust Joe to do the right thing, no way no how. The emails must be coming from AF and being held by counsel; Covington may well have set up some sort of “escrow agent” to confirm that what they’re getting is all they are entitled to. I doubt Joe’s own attorneys trust him.

  4. Clio
    10/05/2010 at 9:16 PM

    I hope you’re right, Bea: we do not need any bowdlerized editions of Mr. Price’s possible machinations. Give us the real deal, please, AF and Covington: we’re grown-ups!

    • Craig
      10/05/2010 at 10:38 PM

      That never occured to me. They’d have to come from AF to ensure they’re legitimate and fully intact. And I learned a new word today – bowdlerized.

      • Rich
        10/05/2010 at 10:41 PM

        I know, off topic…

        What does it mean?

      • Rich
        10/05/2010 at 10:43 PM

        Guess, that was for Clio?

        What does it mean, Clio?


  5. Rich
    10/05/2010 at 9:28 PM


    Totally off topic. Attack me.

    Gawd awful day on many levels, but, “Miguel,” has restored my faith in humanity.

    Three minutes after I lost my I Phone (with NO INSURANCE) on Metro, he emailed me and told me he had it.

    I lost the day getting no where with Metro in finding it.

    His email, oddly, went to my Junk Box and James saw it on his phone (he has access to all of my emails) and saw it said, “Found I Phone.”

    Miguel will return it to me tomorrow. The personal information on thier alone. SSN #’s and more.

    There really are good people out there.

    • AnnaZed
      10/05/2010 at 9:38 PM

      You know Rich, this just isn’t the place for this. Don’t you have a blog or some friends on facebook or something, anything? This blog is not your own personal playground.

    • CDinDC (Boycott BP)
      10/06/2010 at 1:08 PM

      I had a root canal last Wednesday.

      • CDinDC (Boycott BP)
        10/06/2010 at 1:09 PM

        Oh, and I fed my kitty cat a new food. He loved it.

        Do you care? I doubt it.

        • Rich
          10/06/2010 at 1:16 PM

          I’ll read it. Was It IJAMS.

          That seems to be the favorite among Cats.

          I find it priced out, though.

          mine are happy with Pet Smart or Target.

          Yesterday, I opened a can and they went bat shit thinking it was a new Cat Food.

          Hope you recovered from the Root Canal.

          Not pretty.

          See, how easy…

          • Dogboy
            10/06/2010 at 2:05 PM

            Rich – Now you’re just wasting bandwidth. No one cares about losing your cel phone, your cat or anything else best saved for your facebook page.

            Get with the program, stop whining and show a little respect to those who have put in the hours and in some cases years on this crime. Maybe you can learn something from them.

            And next time you see a word you don’t understand, try googling it for yourself instead of wasting space here. The end.

            • Rich
              10/07/2010 at 12:19 AM


              Well, the name aptly applies.

              Somehow, my post to you from this afternoon never made it online. Thought I did it correctly.

              As for Facebook, I do not use any, “Socialized Media,” as our beloved Sarah Palin calls it. I have a life. Quite the busy and accomplished one.

              As for hours on the case, I’ve been attached to it since August 3, 2006. As for you, this is the first time I’ve seen your screen name. Unlike me, who uses his real name, maybe Dogboy was your parents idea of a joke.

              As for the link, I didn’t ask for it, a poster offerred it. Many posters provide links to one another for more information.

              Read the posts and, maybe you can, “Learn Something From Them.”

              • Bea
                10/07/2010 at 3:09 AM

                Rich, this part confuses me:

                “Unlike me, who uses his real name, maybe Dogboy was your parents idea of a joke.”

                So is your point that your parents are better at naming children than Dogboy’s? That’s not very nice, not something Miguel would do.

                You do seem to enjoy having an online presence so maybe a Facebook page would be a nice addition to your full and accomplished life.

              • AnnaZed
                10/07/2010 at 11:10 AM

                You see Rich, maybe therein lies the problem.

                Social media (like facebook) is designed specifically for the kind of communication that you seem to crave and that you also seem to insist on imposing on this blog: shout outs about your day, extensive back and forth posts that have relevance only to the two posters involved (for awhile there I hoped that you and Denton would just get a room), rambling discourse on unrelated or tangential topics, sexist insults best expressed amongst the like-minded ~ that sort of thing.

                Facebook is also just about the only place on the entire net that using your “real name” has any meaning at all. Here it’s a non-issue.

                There is no longer the need to protest (too much?) that one “has a life” and is thus somehow above communicating via social media. You are already doing it, you’re just doing it in the wrong venue. Besides, let’s just say that I am experiencing your online presence as “significant” and leave it at that.

                Do you grok this?

                Oh, and as for your unilateral decision to hound DogBoy (maybe off the blog) did it occur to you that on a blog where BDSM is a major topic that a poster with the handle “DogBoy” might well have something significant and relevant to contribute, quite probably something more relevant than another update from you about your life?

                If you have been somehow “attached to” the Wone case since 2006 could you possibly reattach yourself to wherever you were previously posting about it? Given that this blog’s inception was December of 2008 and (being a charter member of the thought police) I can say with a certain amount of relief that you certainly weren’t exercising your “involvement” here in 2006 or 2008 for that matter. Were you on that local DC board that some posters here first participated in using your “real name” and your distinctive posting style? I wasn’t on that board so I don’t know.

                • denton
                  10/07/2010 at 8:46 PM


                  I dropped my post long ago due to other “more urgent and much more important” tasks that I have to tackle in my daily life.

                  Do you mind if you would just don’t mention my name anywhere? I don’t want to be a part of your conversation anymore.

                  Thank your for your courtesy call, by the way.

                  • Bill 2
                    10/07/2010 at 9:48 PM


                    AZ merely mentioned your name in regard to your history in this forum. Your cutesy, coy back-and-forth with Rich couldn’t be missed and it is cyberly carved into these pages.

                    Anytime you don’t want people to mention your name, the time to prevent that occurrence is prior to posting in the first place. You’re several weeks past that point.

                • Rich
                  10/07/2010 at 10:53 PM

                  AZ and any Other Angry/Uptight Posters:

                  Before I begin Thank you Boofoc and Denton for your mutual sentiments.

                  Your postings support the following:

                  AZ: Crave?

                  The beauty of this site is that the, “RECORD IS ON RECORD!”

                  The proof is in pudding, or posting, I should say. It’s on the record. Go look. Again, if you review the record of my posts Over the past SEVERAL MONTHS, YOU WILL FIND I HAVE BEEN, “On Topic,” and not wasting your valuable time. Although, how valuable can your time be, if you insist on residing on this blog 24/7. I know, you do not have jobs, but, still.

                  Was I, at times not focused on WMRW? Yes. So, were the previous 41, 237 posts before me. No one stays totally focused on WMRW. Yes, I was at ballgame. Yes, I provided the recipe for a Monkey Lala Cocktail. Yes, I was bored. Yes, I was looking for more than legal discussion at what we have already hashed, re-hashed and hashed some more.

                  It seems on dozens of occasions every day, EVERYONE strays and goes off topic of WMRW. Maybe, I should come up with a clever and FRIENDLY posting (A concept so foreign to you) to pop up every time someone strays off of WMRW? Do you how many times you will see it? But, it would be kind unlike your malicious postings.

                  Dragging Denton back into the discussion seems like your style. Leave him alone. After you bashed his nationality and ethnicity, why do you think he has taken his marbles elsewhere and focused on more important matters?

                  “Extensive back and forth posts that have relevance only to the two posters involved.”

                  We exchanged a total of two emails each about a third angry poster. Suddenly, we’re accused of getting too chummy. Go back to the record. The posts are there. Neither one of us declared, “Our Love,” for one another like so many of you have often done in the past. Read the blog. The proof is on the record.

                  “Get a Room?”

                  Typical of most of your graphic and obscene posts to date. Go back to the record. The gay men on this site go out of their way to be appropriate and yet many str8 women engage in inappropriate and offensive language here. We do not need to read about sexual play and acts in such descriptive detail. We do not entertain ourselves in the ways some of you do. Go back to the posts and read them.

                  Just a few days ago, one of your buds initiated a conversation about, “Rimming.” Please.

                  “That I am experiencing your online presence as “significant” and leave it at that.”

                  Significant? Could it be because I was asked by the editors to serve as a “Guest Editor,” in July? I don’t quite remember, you being invited to share your wisdom with all of us.

                  No, having NEVER participated in any kind of BDSM behavior, it never occurred to me that the name, “Dogboy,” and BDSM were connected. Go ahead, attack me again. You know, you want to. Call me VANILLA and the Best Little Boy in the World for being so-N-O-R-M-A-L!

                  BDSM behavior is a component of the case. This Blog is about WMRW. Not BDSM. Therefore, we do not have to turn this site into a deviant side show.
                  “The creation of the Tattoo handle…”


                  Tattoo is alive and well and living on his/her own without your input. Frankly, I thought it was very high end on his/her part to think the way they do. They are making a donation IN THE NAME OF A GOOD SAMARITAN FOR A GOOD SAMARITAN.


                  “..you certainly weren’t exercising your “involvement” here in 2006 or 2008.”

                  I didn’t get too involved in postings at first as I was waiting for WMRW to find its land legs and as we approached the verdict, it did so. As for being up to speed in following the legal maturations of this case, suffice it to say, I’m well ahead of you.

                  I’ve been intimately involved with a High Falutin Criminal Attorney in Beverly Hills for over 20 years. I support him on his cases, which is one reason why I have been so glued to WMRW. I take a great deal of pride in not being an attorney and do not engage in all the legal discussion here, but, trust me, I can carry my own. I find many of the postings amusing. Tedious, but, amusing.

                  I have been involved in cases like Snoop Dog, who got community service, on Weapon, Drug, Assault charges. Rihanna, Eddie Murphy, Ryan O’Neal and his son, Redmond, Matthew McConaughey, Nick Nolte, Hugh Grant, Robert Downey, Rosario from Will and Grace (Shelly Morrison), Fran Drescher, Charlie Sheen and I haven’t even begun to name names.

                  Kind of a fraction of my professional resume. Because, I understand the importance of confidentiality, something this case lacks with the blog WMRW, so I don’t get too engaged.

                  As for the personal resume, since many of you think I’m uncaring and mean spirited, why not ask my mentor, Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who awarded me, “The American Who Care Award,” for my early response to the AIDS Epidemic in 1987 when I was a National, Regional and Local spokesman/volunteer for the AIDS Community. That Painting/Award sits in my home and draws a supportive response from all of its admirers.

                  And, when I look back on my speech for the HRC National Dinner in Washington, DC that elicited such a warm and thunderous welcome as I rallied 3,000 of our Nation’s Best and Brightest, I cannot help but be suspicious of all of your hateful comments addressed to me.

                  So, as you can see, I’m pretty proven.

                  Are you?

                  I’m embarrassed for all of you, but, as I have said before, I’ll move on.

                  Why don’t you?

                  I’m sure someone will take a shot at my successes, as well. Enjoy.

                  It’s unfortunate all of this hate and venom began with Gloria’s posting on September 27. She opened the door for the hate when she expressed disappointment in my online behavior for being too “Cozy,” with another poster. My hunch is that was not her intent. I met Gloria and she is a Good Egg. And, for the record, she keeps records, too. She takes loads of notes on this blog.

                  However, I’ve seen a lot more than, “Coziness,” on this site from other posters. Read the postings. Posters declaring, “Their Love,” for one another. But, unlike all of you, I moved on from that awkward posting and never held Gloria liable for it.

                  But, it green lighted all of your bitterness.

                  Frankly, if you look at your responses to me prior to that time, they were all quite lovely.

                  Maybe it’s time for you to go the, “Civility Programs,” at Rutgers and learn from your acrimony. The behavior of the freshman at Rutgers is quite similar to the behavior being demonstrated here. I see jail time in the future.

                  Why don’t we just vow NOW to move forward and stop the entire rancor? If you noticed, no one is jumping into your fray.

                  Entertain yourselves in other ways (like getting a job) and move on.

                  Why not bring the hostility to a close now?

                  Or, do you prefer to keep it alive with more comments?

                  You’re in the minority.

                  I for one am done with you and your cohorts. Don’t be disappointed that there will be no responses to your tirades.

                  Everyone is over them.

                  • denton
                    10/07/2010 at 11:32 PM

                    Not at all, bro. “Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

        • AnnaZed
          10/06/2010 at 1:19 PM

          Irony easily lost, even the Alanis Morissette kind.

    • Tattoo
      10/07/2010 at 1:40 AM

      Hey Rich:

      Reading so much of the evils of the Swann Street 3, it’s nice to be reminded every so often that are a good people in the world. After reading the bio for Robert Wone, every time I come across one of these “good” people who do a kind act, I now feel Mr. Wone’s spirit. In that spirit I would like to pay it forward and over the next week or so I am going to make a donation to the Robert E. Wone Trust Fund in “Miguel’s” name. By doing kind acts for others or in their name, keeps Mr. Wone’s spirit alive and well.

      • denton
        10/07/2010 at 11:48 PM

        On topic:

        This kid probably has a bit of Robert Wone going around filling in parking meters for other students on campus. My heart goes for Kathy. I stay on this post (when I am not too busy) because I am (Chinese) Asian. I cross cultures. I can relate to Robert and Kathy like they are my brother/sister.

        Another old Chinese taught me: “Have a mouth as sharp as a dagger but a heart as soft as tofu.”

    • Michael
      10/07/2010 at 7:00 AM
  6. Rich
    10/05/2010 at 9:42 PM

    You Know AZ:

    We spent a lot of time discussing:

    Old Ladies at Lesbian Bars in the 80’s
    Mary Chapin Carpenter
    Food For Thought
    The Old Rogue
    The Hung Jury
    Laura Nyro

    You didn’t seem to mind then?

    What’s the difference?

    Your buds, maybe?

    • Bea
      10/05/2010 at 11:46 PM

      Rich, all those subjects listed were part of the same discussion, unfair to suggest otherwise. And whether or not one agrees with AnnaZ’s comment, I see a significant distinction between how the prior discussion came up and your iPhone incident — four of us were designated ‘the Thought Police’ by an irritated poster a while ago.

      I became interested in this case because I have (essentially) the same job Joe Price had at AF, I’m gay, and I lived 5 blocks from the Swann St. house when I lived in DC 20+ years ago. I learned of this case through the intellectual property law ezine and know people who know Joe Price. Sorry if you were bored in the posts relating to ‘the Thought Police’s’ sharing of history.

      • Rich
        10/06/2010 at 12:25 PM

        Dear Bea and Emily:

        Not bored with the posts or discussions of, “The Thought Police.” at all, hence NO ATTACK.

        I guess the discussions of the lesbian bars, etc were tied to the origination of, “The Thought Police.” Who knew?

        I thought, I was being educated about Old Ladies who have since died that were the bouncers of Hung Jury.

        I didn’t realize it was associated with WMRW.
        We simply didn’t focus on WMRW at those moments, regardless, of it being tied to the history of WMRW.

        It seems some posters only want the posting to be entirely focused on the case with no extraneous comments.

        Now, if you review the 45,000 posts to date, there has been a lot of, “Off Topic,” comments/postings.

        Off the top of my head, they include:

        Lyrics to many different Songs
        Jack Benny
        The Beatles
        Green Acres
        Fat Bastard, vintage October
        The temperature hitting 95 degrees
        Wishing that summer could be everyday

        These comments are unrelated to WMRW they also DID NOT OFFEND ME.

        If there is allegedly an integrated cohesive, congenial group of people here (uncertain) who work with and through one another, then a comment about a harried experience should not offend folks here. Look at how everyone came together following Chi Law’s death.

        If you review all the posts on this site since inception and I often do, you will find hundreds of, “Off Topic,” remarks posted here. Yet, no hate or venom follows those posts.

        Once the Editors get the forums up, I’m confident there will no longer be a need for this blog, as all of the discussion that has been on this site by everyone, will go to the forums, as many postings are unrelated to WMRW.

        • Clio
          10/07/2010 at 11:19 PM

          Epic yawn.

          Alex, I’ll take DC Dyke Bars from the Eighties for $1,000, please …

    • Emily
      10/06/2010 at 9:23 AM

      Echoing Bea, here. I’m not a regular poster so presumably cannot be accused of being part of any coterie of “thought police” but it’s obvious that the previous off-topic posts arose as a natural part of a discussion of the environs of the crime. Your post is a stand-alone “look at me” post that constitutes an Announcement about your personal experience rather than being in any way relevant to a discussion of the “scene” in which the crime occurred.

  7. boofoc
    10/07/2010 at 5:37 PM

    Rich, Bea, AZ, et al: If we simply maintain the intellectual integrity that the Editors set for us, we’ll all be able to benefit.

    • denton
      10/07/2010 at 8:48 PM

      Agree, 100%.

  8. Clio
    10/07/2010 at 10:46 PM

    Editors, I simply adore the above photo of Monte Hall: those sideburns alone would make any girl want to see what’s behind Door #3. More to point, what are the odds that Joe and company will cut a deal that will dispel any hope for an explanation of August 2, 2006? Joe’s never been a contestant who plays it safe, but what if he listens to (rather than dictates to) counsel for once.

  9. Craig
    10/07/2010 at 11:48 PM

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