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Peter Sorenson and Rob Handy are Still Running for Re-election Even Though They Were Both Found Guilty of Violating Oregon’s Public Meetings Law
Slap Down, Pat Down, or Just a Pat on the Back?
By Scott Rohter - January 2011
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes” – Proverbs 12:15
This article is the second in a series, republished especially for the May 2012 election campaign.
Editor’s note: This article was first published in January, 2011. This year Rob Handy and Peter Sorenson are running for re-election to the Lane County Board of Commissioners from District 4 and District 3 respectively. It is important for the voters of North and South Eugene to remember that they were both found guilty of serious ethical violations, because they broke Oregon’s Public Meetings Law, and they were found guilty not by a Republican judge, of which there are not very many in Oregon, but by an impartial judge of the State of Oregon. Together Handy and Sorenson cost all the residents of Lane County almost $750,000 in attorney’s fees! This wasn’t a political witch hunt as some on the Left like to claim. It wasn’t the plaintiff’s in the case (former Lane County Commissioner Ellie Dumdi, and businessman Ed Anderson) who found the defendants, Handy and Sorenson guilty. It was an impartial judge of the State of Oregon, from Coos Bay!
After the court ruling, and an aborted attempt to appeal the guilty verdict by Sorenson, our County Board of Commissioners literally bent over backwards in a spirit of bi-partisanship to accommodate the two guilty defendants, by agreeing to pay for all but a small portion of their legal bills. And an agreement was reached behind closed doors in which Sorenson and Handy would not have to publically admit to any further wrongdoing. However the Judge had already pronounced his verdict. They were both guilty, and by the very fact that they signed this agreement, and agreed to pay $30,000 each toward the cost of their defense, they tacitly acknowledged their guilt... Read on:
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