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.