Hearing in Schweitzer Ethics Case Delayed

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The court hearing on Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s ongoing ethics case is being delayed until September.

A hearing scheduled for Tuesday in front of Helena District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock will instead be held Sept. 16.

The governor is disputing a finding made last year by the commissioner of political practices that Schweitzer violated state law by distributing a public service announcement after filing for re-election.

The governor is arguing that no state funds were spent on the process, so no law was broken.

The case brought more scrutiny when Unsworth revealed that Schweitzer’s senior counsel, Eric Stern, approached him outside of the hearing process.

The Republicans say that Stern and Schweitzer were trying to pressure Unsworth and influence the outcome of the case.

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