Scott Gessler's suit against Ethics Commission about protecting his rights, spokesman says


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Gessler at a hearing in Boulder last year.
"They have not laid forth anything beyond criminal charges, which is what Ethics Watch filed in their complaint," Cole says. "Our attorneys have asked repeatedly what they're investigating beyond that, but all the evidence they have related to the criminal complaints, which they don't have jurisdiction over.

"In the American justice system, someone has to explain to you what you're charged with, because if you don't know that, you can't defend yourself," he adds. "And that's the challenge here."

Cole emphasizes that "from the beginning, the Secretary has said he's open to the review of this. But we have to do it in a way that follows due process, and we don't think that's what's going on at the Ethics Commission right now. They just have to lay out what they're investigating, and they have to lay out the charges against him so he can defend himself -- and they haven't been able to do that beyond these criminal charges. So the filing is an attempt to protect his rights."

A hearing about the motion is expected to take place in Denver District Court this next Thursday, February 7. In the meantime, the Denver Post reports that the IEC is expected to release a report about its findings in regard to Gessler on Monday, February 4.

Here's the complete motion for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction.

Secretary of State Motion for Temporary Restraining Order or Preliminary Injunction

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davebarnes
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"to protect the secretary's rights."

Why should Scott have any rights? He is a dooshbag.

mlswogan
mlswogan

Michael,

There is a strange disconnect when you write about "ethics" while thanking a shill for "The Examiner", Travis Henry: for his contributions to plagiarism (?) as well as his esteemed position as a Member of Team Ramsey Bureau of False Information at "The Examiner". http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/148858/examiner-com-editor-plagiarism-is-inexcusable-and-we-try-our-best-to-guard-against-it-as-do-most-media-orgs/

Seriously, what about "ethics in journalism" or minimal standards of  "fact checking"?

Your readers deserve to know the truth about the Ramsey case.

Many of them wrote me after I correctly profiled Jessica Ridgeway's killer begging me to write for "Westword".  Now I comprehend the extent of the problem. I can state with absolute certainty that more people in Colorado read my blog than "Westword".

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