SCOTT SALYER, FORMER CEO OF SK FOODS AND
THE LEAD FIGURE IN THE GOVERNMENT'S
LABYRINTHINE 'OPERATION ROTTEN TOMATO' CASE,
TO BE SENTENCED TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 – JUST
OVER THREE YEARS SINCE HIS ARREST
Salyer's Supporters Liken the Department of Justice's
Overzealous Prosecution of Salyer to That of
Aaron Swartz, The Web Developer Whose Recent Suicide
Many Blame on Vindictiveness and Prosecutorial Overreach
Three years and a week from the day of his initial arrest, Scott Salyer, former CEO of SK Foods, is scheduled to be sentenced – as per his plea agreement – on February 12, 2013 at the Sacramento Federal Court for his alleged role in Operation Rotten Tomato, the name Federal Investigators gave to the labyrinthine case. Salyer and several associates were charged with inflating prices of processed tomatoes. His sentencing date comes over three years after his arrest.
Salyer is expected to make remarks on the courthouse steps shortly thereafter.
Salyer's supporters are comparing the deeply-flawed prosecution of Salyer to the government's overzealousness and vindictiveness against Aaron Swartz, the prominent open-internet advocate who helped build Reddit and RSS. Swartz, who was prosecuted for downloading academic articles from a university archive, hung himself on January 11.
Upon Swartz's suicide, his partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman told Mail Online, "The legal system has lost all sense of mercy and justice and it has been replaced with punitiveness and vindictiveness.” Salyer's supporters have been saying this very thing about Salyer's case – and have been gathering convincing evidence pointing out flaws and overreach by the Department of Justice – since Salyer signed a Plea Agreement on March 23, 2012.
The Swartz case carried the possibility of a 35-year prison sentence, while Salyer's, despite its flaws, carries a potential maximum of 30 years in Federal Prison.
On the civil side of Salyer's case, deposition notices are due to be served from Salyer's side onto bank executives at all the Syndicate Banks – including Bank of Montreal (as agent bank), Wells Fargo, LaSalle Bank/Bank of America and US Bank.
The Law Firm of Kimberly A. Wright, Esq. states: "Since the time of the 2008 FBI seizure of all SK Foods/RHM Colusa County Canning Co. docs from BMO's US headquarters in Chicago, the BMO attorneys have managed to block the proper flow of Discovery. It's time for the truth/facts that they have been covering up to come to light.”
Bank of Montreal's Erica Kuhlman pointed out in 2008, "This FBI investigation has gotten out of control.”
BMO Attorneys James Spiotto, who was implicated in a Washington Post article entitled "The Ethics Squeeze,” James Heiser and Todd Dressel of Chapman and Cutler have, according to Salyer's supporters, perturbed all forms of due process, ethical conduct and the procedures of our legal system since the nightmare began.
Some 560 motions and adversarial proceedings have been launched against Salyer. More than $160 million in judgments have been granted against Salyer. All are currently under appeal.