State ethics panel refuses to rule on who pays legal bill: "'I am in the process of consulting with other legal sources' on the invoice, said Mr. Shields.Let's get this straight. The State Ethics Commission was asked a question. The State Ethics Commission failed to give an answer to the question. So, Doug Shields, of City Council, has to hire additional attorneys (other legal sources) for consulting about that failed answer from the Ethics Commission. And the root of the failed question is if city council can hire an attorney and pay for the attorney services without advance approval.
Like Mr. Roberts told me yesterday as we exited an elevator in City Hall -- "You can never hire too many attorneys."
As government attorneys enter into a fray among themselves -- they all win and we (taxpayers, residents, citizens) all are non-winners.
And, the key to the solution is to look to see who is causing the folly and who is sustaining it.
Doug Shields is in the process of consulting with other legal sources. Doug Shields is a folly enabler.
This snowball is rolling down hill, gathering more steam, and going to crush the city.
The next chapter's character was introduced to the public yesterday. The new member on the city's Ethics Hearing Board was named. He joins with the sister, a priest and a rabbi. He is an attorney.