REDDING, Calif. — As he promised last week, Shasta County Supervisor Patrick Jones took a polygraph test on Wednesday about a meeting 14 years ago that he says is relevant today.
Jones took the test from a certified polygraph examiner he hired from Bakersfield Kevin Legg in the production studios of the "Red, White, and Blueprint" docuseries; a dramatic setting, right down to the flickering light for effect. It will appear in the next episode around October 1.
Legg is a retired police detective from Bakersfield. He says he's done and witnessed hundreds of these tests. They're not admissible in court unless both sides agree, but, he says, they have a 93% to 96% accuracy range. Not proof, but a valuable tool.
Jones was questioned about a closed session in 2007 while he was on the Redding City Council. He says all five council members agreed then Police Chief Leonard Moty should be fired. All surviving members and the city manager said the meeting never happened.
Jones says he's doing this to clear his name and expose the other people in the meeting whom he invited to also take the test.
“I’m doing this because statements were said that were inaccurate, and, in fact, lies,” Jones said. “What occurred, did occur. It did happen, and no matter what happens with the recall, one way or the other, it’s a little bit beside the point.”
Jones supports the recall of Moty, now his fellow Shasta County Supervisor, that he believes what the city did with Moty, giving him a temporary job at city hall for a pay raise, is what recently happened with former Sheriff Eric Magrini—now the County's assistant chief executive officer.
As for the test, “There’s no question in my mind he was truthful,” Legg says.
The anti-recall organization, Shasta Forward, responded this afternoon saying;
If Mr. Jones believes his own lies, that is not newsworthy or admissible in court. What is admissible and factual is that all parties present during this so-called meeting related to Jones' latest accusation have categorically denied any such vote or action occurred. Jones has not one shred of evidence beyond his own imagination citizens of Shasta County have had enough of the theatrics from Recall Shasta and the characters of the Red, White & blueprint. Once again, they are looking for something outlandish to put in their little docuseries; to date, their accusations have all proven to be false.
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