TROUBLE CONTINUES IN THE SCOTT SALYER CASE:
U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL
ERIC HOLDER REJECTS OUTLINE FROM SALYER'S DEFENSE
As Scott Salyer, the central figure in the controversial case that federal investigators call Operation Rotten Tomato, awaits sentencing, his supporters believe there may be more rotten tomatoes—some at the top of the justice chain—than they first realized.
Those familiar with the intricacies of the case allege that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice are involved in the set-up of the produce expert whose testimony was used as evidence against Salyer, former CEO of SK Foods LP, who was charged, along with several associates, with inflating prices of processed tomatoes.
They believe there were serious missteps by Holder, who, when confronted with evidence of malfeasance engaged in by the Private Public Partners, opted not to stop it.
Salyer's supporters claim to have located comments from Malcolm Segal; the Justice Department website pleas they were able to "knock out”; and the inherently reckless email from former FBI Supervisor Donald Vilfer to FBI Special Agent Paul Artley (lead investigator) regarding what they want SK Foods LP employees to plead to and the redistribution of Salyer's assets among their partners; this document exposes their operational capability.
They have also uncovered an outline handed to Holder in Washington, DC in May 2010 and a document showing "relabeling” was a rumor. When handed the outline by attorneys Richard Mamaro of Skadden and Arps and Malcolm Segal, Supporters of Salyer claim that when handed the outline by attorneys Richard Mamaro of Skadden and Arps and Malcolm Segal, Holder read it then slid the outline back across the table and stated, "Not Interested." In a press release put out by Artley, he refers to himself as a victim when the government is supposed to be neutral.
On March 23, 2012, Salyer, signed a Plea Agreement, for two counts of what was a 12 count indictment before Judge Lawrence K. Karlton at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The deal states that the Government cannot ask the Judge for more than seven years.
Salyer's sentencing, which was postponed to September 5, 2012 has been continued again to October 17, 2012 or a later date.