|Â (Olympia)â€” Washington State Patrol detectives, after consulting with the Thurston County Prosecutorâ€™s office, have determined that the e-mail sent to legislative leaders last week from an employee of the Washington State Labor Council did not constitute criminal conduct.Â |
Â â€śWe looked carefully at the e-mail and at the law,â€ť said State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. â€śWe could not find a specific criminal statute that was violated.â€ť Â
The e-mail appeared to tie future campaign contributions to legislative and gubernatorial action on a particular bill. Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and Governor Chris Gregoire referred the matter to law enforcement.
â€śWe certainly understand why the recipients were concerned,â€ť said Batiste. â€śIt was entirely appropriate for them to have requested a criminal review.â€ť
Because detectives were quickly able to determine the e-mail did not violate criminal statutes, no investigation beyond the initial review was necessary.
Â At the request of the Public Disclosure Commission, all materials reviewed by WSP detectives will be forwarded to the commission.