Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Witness Recounts E-mailed Warning from Speaker Brancel

After lunch, Keleher testified that in '97, then-Speaker Ben Brancel sent out an e-mail to all Assembly and Senate members and staff, warning them against using state equipment for campaign activity. She said she recalled the e-mail "caused a stir" in the Capitol.

In his cross-examination, Meyer pointed out that while prosecutor Korte used the term "campaign activity," the e-mail actually forbade "political activity." Meyer said the e-mail merely reiterated a provision in the Assembly employee handbook.

On redirect, the prosecution asked if she was confused over the meaning of “political activity” in Brancel's e-mail and she said she was not confused.

Judi Rhodes-Engels is the next witness.

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