UPDATE 2: Here are the on air interviews with Angela Stanton they are very similar to the off air interview in the link in the previous update. But just in case you are interested.
UPDATE : Video of Angela Stanton Interview with Sasha the Diva today: Must view video! Angela talks about seeing Phaedra at the depo ( she would not look her in the eye) and the fact that the Secret Service wants to meet with here for information on Apollo with regard to her current charges! Blockbuster news! Says Apollo contacted her!
I have spent countless hours over the past couple of weeks delving into the arrest of Apollo Nida and the subsequent events that followed as a result of that arrest. On of the topics covered here included taking a fresh look at Angela Stanton’s claims against Phaedra that at the time none of us took very seriously. As I was doing that, I ran across someone on Twitter who seemed to have the inside track on Angela. She presents herself as a PR person and her Twitter history showed that she was a long time supporter of Angela Stanton. I decided that her information was credible enough to use on the blog. I made a comment or two either in a post or comments or both that there was a hearing on February 4th (today) regarding Angela Stanton’s counter claim against Phaedra Parks.
Some time later that day or the next, I am unsure as I was literally blogging around the clock at the time, I had a twitter encounter with James Radford, who is Angela Stanton’s attorney. When our interaction ended, I wish him “good luck next week.” He responded asking what I was referring to and I told him I meant at the hearing on the 4th. He said that they were a long way from trial and was curious to know where I got the information. I referred him to the PR person and he said there must have been some confusion and they were a long way from trial. At that point, I dropped the issue.
I also learned tonight from Mr. Radford that contrary to what we have been hearing, Phaedra has NOT dropped her case against Angela Stanton. That is interesting. What was all that about her attorneys dropping her as a client intel about then? According to Radford, “The claims against Vibe and publisher were dropped after a settlement agreement, but the substantive claims against Angela remain.” So Vibe settled and part of that settlement impacted Angela’s earnings from the book. Perhaps her big name attorneys didn’t want to be part of going after a single woman? Who knows. For whatever reason, Phaedra feels the need to continue to sue Stanton.
Today I got several inquiries asking if I was going to the trial and I explained what Mr. Radford had explained to me. Essentially, “nothing to see here, move along.” But that was not exactly true. What actually happened today was that Angela was deposed by Phaedra’s attorney. Here is what occurred, from James Radford’s official site.
Today, I took part in the deposition of my client Angela Stanton as part of pre-trial discovery in the case of Phaedra Parks v. Angela Stanton. This was held in a private conference room, not in open court. The only people there were, on our end, Ms. Stanton, myself, and a close friend who came along for moral support. On the other end was Phaedra Parks, an assistant of hers, and her attorney. There was also a certified court reporter and videographer, who are bound by strict rules of confidentiality.
The deposition began at about 10:15. Sometime fairly shortly after it begun, Ms. Stanton testified that she had been arrested fairly recently after an altercation with a member of her family. (Often, in depositions, a witness will be asked to identify any and all arrests, and a witness is obliged to provide that information). At 12:54 PM today, I received the following tweet from Atlanta blogger Sandra Rose:
Hi @JamesRadfordJr, did you know your client was arrested for assault and battery on a family member?
— Sandra Rose (@SandraRose) February 4, 2014
For those who don’t know, a deposition is a time, prior to trial, where the attorneys can examine and cross-examine witnesses. It’s part of the “discovery” phase of a case, in which testimony can be taken prior to trial, in order for all the parties to gather the information they need for trial. While depositions are not confidential per se, there is a time-honored rule of professional courtesy that the attorneys try to keep depositions between the parties, and out of the public domain. Questions in depositions often get into personal information that would not be admissible at trial. In addition, in this particular case, the court has issued a protective order, in place to allow the parties to exchange certain information confidentially.
For all of these reasons, we have kept certain evidence that is strongly corroborative of our client’s case, out of the public eye. Our goal has been to maintain this information’s confidentiality until such time as there is a trial, at which time the information necessarily becomes public.
I do not have any way to know how this information came into the blog’s possession. But, I do know that the arrest in question is several weeks old. If it had been discovered by someone who just happens to check arrest records in the particular county where she was arrested, it could have been discovered weeks earlier. It is a striking coincidence that, within less than two hours of Ms. Stanton divulging this information (which has nothing to do with the case), during a deposition in which Ms. Parks and her assistant were present, the information would be in the hands of an Atlanta blog that frequently covers Real Housewives of Atlanta, the Parks v. Stanton case, etc.
Never have I been involved in a case with the same level of public intrigue as this. Speculation about the case were already covering the pages of blogs prior to my involvement. When I got involved, we made an effort to disseminate only factual information, and to prevent sensationalizing it any further. My goal has always been to focus the dispute on the legal and factual issues to be determined by the court, and to step away from the gossip and sensationalism. I believe in providing people with information, so we have occasionally released pleadings and other information here.
On behalf of Ms. Stanton, I can say that she appreciates everyone who is supporting her as she continues this battle. I personally believe (and not just because she is my client) in her story. I have watched her tell her story, even while her feet were held to the fire, with a level of detail that can only come from actual experience. In addition, I have interviewed and taken statements from a number of witnesses who corroborated key details of the story, again, with the kind of knowledge that can only be derived from actual experience. We have not shared information about these witnesses publicly, again, because we want to try this case in court, not the media. So even as we wade through the intrigue and scandal that a case like this necessarily attracts, we will continue to press forward, and to provide information when and where appropriate.
Thank you — James
So let’s review, Angela and her team did not disclose the information. The court reporter and the videographer did not disclose the information. That leaves Phaedra, Phaedra’s “assistant” and Phaedra’s attorney. To me this does not seem like a very wise move on the part of Team Phaedra. Angela is counter suing her for defamation and libel and interfering with the sale of her book. While truth is a pure defense and I this case it seems apparent that Angela was arrested a weeks ago, the outing of this confidential information to social media within hours of learning of Stanton’s arrest doesn’t exactly give Phaedra the appearance of clean hands going into this case.
Angela Stanton’s arrest for battery-family violence, occurred in Albany on January 24th. She was booked on a first offense-misdemeanor battery charge and release on $2,000 bail on January 25th. (Interesting fact, Apollo surrendered to US Marshalls on January 23rd.)
So that is the best information I have on the case at this moment. Thoughts?