We've fussed and fussed and fussed about all of this before.
And now, as Ian Reid surmises, in the wake of John Van Dongen's latest attempt to bring clarity to the matter on the floor of Ledge yesterday, it really does look like there was a prior inducement for Mess'rs Basi, Basi and Virk to play 'Let's Make A Deal'
Here's Ian's kicker:
Here's the thing.....
If you're gonna play let's make a deal, you need somebody to play the part of Monty Hall.
Because, in this case, it's looking more and more like somebody must have kept the ball in the air while simultaneously holding everyone's hands, tight, between the time that the government let the accused off the hook and the time they subsequently took the bribe....errrr...'inducement' to help them plead guilty.
Having trouble with that?
Think of it this way.....Once they were released for their legal costs, if somebody didn't step in and play the part of the good Mr. Hall, what was there to keep the accused from going instead for Door Number 3 that would have opened up to reveal, not Carol Merrill, but instead Gary Collins taking the stand for real?
Who, exactly, might that Deal Maker/Third Man have been?
And, given all the obfuscation that has gone on regarding this matter already, I, for one, am starting to wonder about the third leg of this triangulated deal also....