Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tribune: Central Idaho Lawmakers Won't Talk About Secret Meeting

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that some central Idaho lawmakers are remaining very tight-lipped while they have been quite busy dealing with a personnel issue behind closed doors.

The Tribune reports that three Nez Perce County commissioners have hired a private attorney and would neither confirm nor deny any details of their meeting on Tuesday or whether it was related to a September 2012 sexual harassment complaint lodged against County Prosecutor Daniel Spickler.

In October, Citydesk told you that Spickler had come under fire for using an inappropriate photograph in what he called a "team-building exercise." The photo depicted a young woman, braless, wearing a cropped T-shirt with the following written across her chest: "I Wish These Were Brains."

Spickler pushed back, saying the grievance was politically motivated.

"Obviously, the way this is now being put out is for political purposes," Spickler told the Lewiston Tribune. "I didn't refer to the picture at all except that it was up on the screen."

The complaint against Spickler was turned over to the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program. But Nez Perce County commissioners and their attorney "stayed silent" Monday when asked by the Tribune about their meeting. They also declined to say why an outside attorney was hired to advise the commissioners instead of using the prosecutor's office.

Nez Perce County Prosecutor Dan Spickler is under fire for using this photo in what he called a team-building exercise.
  • Nez Perce County Prosecutor Dan Spickler is under fire for using this photo in what he called a team-building exercise last September.

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