FCC ALJ Rejects Mike Rice's Challenge To Exhibits, Depositions In His Attempt To Buy Translator
May 10, 2016 at 12:19 PM (PT)
The sale by PATRICK SULLIVAN of W238CE/MONTGOMERY, AL to LAKE BROADCASTING, INC. for $1,000, pending since 2012, continues to encounter problems at the FCC due to the buyer being wholly owned by MIKE RICE, the former INDIANA and MISSOURI station owner whose licenses were revoked in 2001 due to his conviction and prison sentence for sex crimes.
The Presiding Administrative Law Judge at the Commission has denied RICE's motion to reject exhibits and block depositions and new evaluations of his fitness to hold a license, and has told RICE's attorney that he wants to be informed in writing by MAY 24th if LAKE BROADCASTING intends to take depositions of the Enforcement Bureau's expert psychologist Dr. KIMBERLY WEITL and/or MISSOURI Parole Officer TAMMY GREMMINGER.
In filing for the purchase, LAKE BROADCASTING contended that RICE should be considered with a "clean slate" on character since his criminal misconduct occurred over 20 years ago and he was released from prison and served his parole, having since had his citizenship rights, including voting rights, restored. LAKE's filing asserted that "for nearly 21 years, MIKE RICE has done everything humanly possible to overcome his mental illnesses and to rehabilitate himself. And he has succeeded."
RICE was convicted of molesting five boys during 1985-90. The Commission, in revoking his licenses, also cited RICE's allegedly filing false reports after his arrest that minimized his management position.