Just when it seemed to be finished, the dust up over Ada County Highway District Commish Jim Hansen’s transgression over an open meeting violation has popped up again. Now he is seeking charity.
Hansen, an attorney, hired a lawyer for some reason–even though the Attorney General declined to prosecute him for sending e-mails to fellow commishes which apparently constituted a “serial meeting.”
In a move that defies logic, Hansen has established a GO FUND ME page in an attempt to raise $11,350 to pay for his lawyer. Several questions come to mind for the GUARDIAN:
–Why would Hansen think citizens would want to pay for his mistakes?
–At the going rate of $300 an hour, did his counselor really spend 38 hours on an issue the AG declined to pursue?
–Why should the public pay for Hansen’s lawyer, even if it is a voluntary contribution?
EDITOR NOTE–We have no ax to grind with Hansen. He seems to be sincere, intelligent, and dedicated. It seems out of character for him to have panicked and hired an expensive legal counsel which he apparently couldn’t afford over such a minor event. In the history of open meeting violations, a GUARDIAN source who used to prosecute the violations told us he cannot remember a fine ever being levied for a conviction.
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