Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics Retains Independent Outside Legal Counsel
Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside), Chair of the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics, today announced the retention of independent, outside legal counsel to assist the committee in reviewing matters contained in the recently leaked FBI affidavit concerning allegations of inappropriate conduct.
Senator Roth said, "I have retained an independent counsel with expertise in federal public corruption investigations to review the facts and make recommendations to the Senate Legislative Ethics Committee on the appropriate course of action moving forward.”
Senator Roth retained Charles J. Stevens, a litigation partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's San Francisco office. Mr. Stevens previously served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California where he oversaw the district's two offices and 150 employees. Mr. Stevens also previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California where he served as a member of the Public Corruption and Government Contract Fraud Unit.
Senator Roth said, "As Chair of the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics, I view the appointment of independent counsel as an important first step to restoring the public’s trust.”
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