As I was gathering my crap to leave the radio station this morning Paul Strelzin introduced me to Luis Aguilar who would be on his show shortly. I was happy to have put a face with a name and also excited to hear something about the Quintana case that wasn't a conspiracy theory. If you live under a rock then you'll need to know that Luis Aguilar is Rep. Quintana's new lawyer. Quintana dismissed Caballero last week.
What a complete turn around for Rep. Quintana after Mr. Aguilar floated some simple info on the case. Quintana could have avoided all of this if she had simply said what Aguilar said on Paul's show in the beginning of the whole fiasco. Instead she hired Caballero and gave everyone a reason to treat this misdemeanor like a capital murder case.
Here's what we now know. Quintana purchased the ticket while she was still employed with Fed Ex. When she went to claim the ticket she didn't have the proper ID and was denied. She then went and had a supervisor vouch for her so she could claim the ticket. She obtained the paperwork and went back and got her tickets.
Aguilar went as far as to imply that Quintana has/had no access to the stationary belonging to Fed Ex to begin with. He asked how could she have obtained it without talking to her old supervisor or knowing someone at Fed Ex with access. After all, she no longer worked there and hadn't in a few weeks.
That small amount of info is a lot different than what I thought had happened from the media reports. Had I known that info from the beginning I probably wouldn't have reacted the way I did. Maybe I should have waited to pass judgment no matter what, but I didn't and she didn't give me much reason to come to any other conclusions. Besides, she called me a jerk so I was already hurt and on the defensive (yeah right).
Here's the part of the story told today that doesn't add up (which is all of it). Why was she trying to get her tickets the day of the travel at the airport? When I buy tickets ahead of time they are either mailed to me or more often they are electronic printable tickets. Either way, when I get to the bag check-in there is no issue of how I paid for my ticket or whether I get the discount that I paid for previously. Basically I'm saying that somebody is full of shit about the timeline here or she's had a completely different experience than everyone else.
In my opinion she went there to buy a same day ticket and was turned away. She came back with the letter and got it. There was no previous attempt to purchase a ticket. I think she would have already had possession of the ticket if she had bought it weeks earlier.
About the letter head. If the cops thought that her supervisor had signed the letter because the signatures matched we wouldn't have a forgery case here. Obviously the cops feel that the signatures are different enough to take a case to the DA. The DA also must feel that the signatures aren't close enough to simply imply that the former manager signed the letter. Let's not even start talking about how letter head is retrieved. Any letter head can be easily copied. A few sheets can also walk out the door fairly easily as well.
Mr. Aguilar also started in with the information he's seen where she requested time off or a schedule change so she could tend to her duties as a City Council person. The sympathy card was being played pretty well here. The idea is to make Fed Ex look like the bad guy and Ms. Quintana look like the poor little girl who got screwed over by big bad corporate America. It may just work.
I have a feeling she'll plead to something less (if there is such a thing) and this will all go away. Esparza over at the DA's office was gearing up to do battle with Caballero and probably isn't as excited about facing off with friend and one-time colleague Aguilar over a petty misdemeanor. Besides, Quintana was spotted hanging out with the Shapleigh clan and God knows that's the people you need to know to get a break down at the DA's office.
I'm most pissed that I'm even spending time analyzing this crap. I feel like one of those whores who covered OJ's first trial except that this crime is punishable by 15 minute timeout and no desert after dinner.
I'm going to go find something deep and meaningful to write about like elephants or plastic bags - later.