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Monday, November 21, 2005

Judge Allows Release of Some Material on Spokane Mayor's City-Owned Computer

In response to a request from the Spokesman-Review, a local paper, Judge Richard Miller ruled that certain material on Spokane, Washington, Mayor James E. West's city-owned laptop could be made public, but other material could not, because it would violate the privacy of third parties. West, who is currently under investigation and faces a recall election on December 6, had fought release of the information. Read more here.  West now has more to contend with. A report by an attorney and investigator hired by the Spokane City Council concludes that the Mayor violated state law when he offered a job to a young man he was interested in for sexual reasons. The Mayor denies the charges. Read more here and here.

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