Hearing in Schweitzer Ethics Case Again Delayed

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – A hearing on Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s appeal in a case where he was found to have broken ethics laws is again being delayed.

Oral argument scheduled Tuesday in front of Helena District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock will be rescheduled for another date.

The governor disputes a finding from commissioner of political practices Dennis Unsworth 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.