Chief Deputy Prosecutor Roger Bourne said Friday that his office needs more time to review the Idaho State Police investigation of former Sen. John McGee.
"We're still evaluating," Bourne said.
On Monday, I wrote that Bourne said the office hoped to make a charging decision by today. I misunderstood Bourne, who said what he intended to convey was that prosecutors hoped to have all the follow-up work they'd asked ISP to do finished by today. ISP presented its report to prosecutors April 13, but Bourne said other work was required before making a decision.
Bourne declined to estimate when the decision would be made.
He also answered a question I neglected to ask Monday: How can the Ada County Prosecutor's office handle this McGee case when it cited a conflict of interest last year and farmed out McGee's prosecution on DUI and felony theft charges?
McGee agreed to a plea bargain offered by Malheur County Prosecutor Dan Norris, who dropped the felony in exchange for a guilty plea to misdemeanor DUI. McGee also had paid two victims about $12,000 for property damage.
The answer: Because McGee is no longer in office. Last year, Norris said Ada County Prosecutor Greg Bower asked him to take the case because any prosecutor's office in Idaho would potentially have some kind of conflict because they lobby lawmakers on public safety issues.
McGee resigned from the Senate Feb. 22, after a female Senate staffer said she had been sexually harassed. The four-term Republican lawmaker from Caldwell is married and has two pre-school-aged children.
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