Medford’s parrot subpoenaed
As defendant’s roommate, her recollection of conversations may seal ex-sheriff’s fate
ASHEVILLE, MONDAY — A new federal indictment due to be released next week may name Meredith, the best friend and parrot of disgraced former sheriff Bobby Medford, according to sources.
When asked if she has been contacted by investigators, the one-eyed parrot seemed to decline, stating, “Don’t you talk to nobody, you gotdam bird, you gotdam bird, hello!”
It is unclear how Meredith may be involved in the case, since the leaked indictment only describes the subpoenaed witness as a “well-placed mono-ocular feathered mimicker who has recorded the minutes of several conspiratorial meetings, poker games and household toe-stubbings.” Legal experts believe that if Meredith the Parrot is in fact indicted, the chances are good that she will cooperate with the feds.
“Criminals who associate with mice or clams generally stand a better chance of weathering the prosecution’s storm than those who associate with stool pigeons, canaries and parrots,” said one agent.
“By the time the feds threaten her with, well, life in a smaller cage, the only crusty old cracker she’ll be interested in saving is the Nabisco they’re going to dangle over a trashcan to loosen that beak of hers a little.”
Sources familiar with the investigation say that F.B.I. agents contacted Meredith in late 2007, and since then have patiently gained her trust through an extensive meet-and-greet period.
“‘Hello,’ ‘hello,’ ‘hello,’ ‘hello,’” said one investigator, recalling early conversations with the parrot. “Back and forth and so on until they got that parrot to stop it with the simple pleasantries, drop the b.s. and do some talking for real.”
At this point, investigators are mostly tight-lipped about what the parrot may have revealed about the criminal charges pending against Buncombe County’s former sheriff.
“We can only verify that BobbyMedford knows or has known, or has had into his home a person who has known, the pledge of allegiance,” said one federal agent.
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