Evidence flimsy in probe of ethics attorneys
Headlines trumpeted state Inspector General Elizabeth Archer‘s latest findings a few weeks back:
“State’s ethics lawyers blasted for outside work.” “State attorneys ran private firm on public time.” “Moonlighting Ethics Commission lawyers violated state policies.”
But look closer at Archer’s investigative files, as I did, and you’ll find fairly flimsy evidence for some of her conclusions. Some “findings” are artfully worded to suggest impropriety without explicitly stating it.
Not only that, there’s no sign she informed one of the attorneys of a key issue or asked for an explanation.