The state’s ethics commission on Friday again postponed release of an ethics probe of Secretary of State Scott Gessler after his legal team filed motions accusing the commission, one of its members and its executive director of unfairness. “There is a cloud over the commission’s preliminary handling of this case,” the motions from Gessler argue. A Denver district judge last week denied Gessler’s effort to halt the investigation by the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission. Gessler’s attorneys have argued the commission has no jurisdiction in what may be a criminal case arising from allegations the Republican misspent state funds for political purposes by attending a meeting of GOP lawyers last year and piggybacking on a trip to the Republican National Convention.
A criminal probe of Gessler’s actions by the Denver District Attorney’s office is pending.
The decision by District Judge Herbert Stern meant that the commission, which had already once delayed release of its ethics investigation report on Gessler, could have released it at its Friday meeting.
But as before, new motions from the secretary of state caused the commission to delay release of the report.