Oregon's new gov. Kate claims to be all about transparency in government - but she's maintaining the criminal investigation into whistleblowers. The folks who released some of the emails that former gov. Retread tried to have deleted cannot, under state law, be subject to criminal charges if their identities are uncovered; the worst that they might be charged with would be a misdemeanor, so it's pretty clear that Katie is more interested in intimidation than in the law itself. As Jaquiss notes:
Here, in lay terms, from the Oregon Attorney General's Public Records and Meetings Manual (p.7), is an explanation of the ORS 192.410(4):
"Records need not have been prepared originally by the public body to qualify as public records. If records prepared outside government contain “information relating to the conduct of the public’s business,” and are “owned, used or retained” by the public body, the records are within the scope of the Public Records Law."
Like her predecessor, there are laws that she just doesn't like, and therefore won't abide. Oh, but about those emails that Retread tried to have deleted:
Last week, WW published emails showing that former Gov. John Kitzhaber had been ambivalent about seeking re-election, and that he worried that he lacked the energy and desire to continue.
The emails show that, while Kitzhaber wavered, then-first lady Cylvia Hayes did not—she wanted him to run again and to give her an even larger role in his administration.
“John and I would like to have you begin scheduling a weekly meeting for the two of us. One hour ideally in person but can be by phone,” Hayes wrote to Kitzhaber’s assistant, Jan Murdock, on May 14, 2014. “This will be to discuss our collective work and any currently pressing issues for our Administration.”
Our Administration? In the run-up to the election the Lefties were mocking anyone who voiced concern about the First Squeeze with lines like: "Don't vote for her, then." And nobody did. But it's clear that she viewed things differently. It doesn't seem likely that her "I was never a public official" argument's going to stand up - not with documents like that.
And it appears that the First Squeeze is pleading poverty:
Hayes is now being represented by two federal public defenders -- Lisa Hay and Jerry Needham -- in the influence-peddling investigation by the FBI and the IRS targeting Hayes and Kitzhaber.
There are no strict income limits to qualify for a federal public defender. Courts ultimately make the call and typically base decisions on a defendant's resources and the anticipated cost of their defense.
Typically, federal fraud investigations are costly.
As mentioned here previously, defense costs in federal litigation can easily surpass half a million dollars. It might make sense for her to put her home in Bend on the market to help cover a share of the expenses, but that is also problematic: her name appears on the title, but she took money from several other people to buy the place, then lied on the documents in order to make it appear that she was the only person involved in the transaction.
So she's going public defender now.
Once a moocher always a moocher.