A Washington State Bar (WSBA) associate is hired by Legislative Ethics Board as consultant in ethics complaint alleging Legislature fails to hold WSBA associates to the law

By: The Reluctant Activist

Well, isn’t this just a tidy scheme … In Scheidler’s ethics complaint against Washington State legislators Jesse Young, Michelle Caldier and Jan Angel for using their public office to dispense “privileges and immunities” to Washington State Bar Associates, in violation of their oath to uphold Washington’s constitution, the Legislative Ethics Board hired a Washington State Bar Associate, Keith Buchholtz, as consultant! Isn’t that special.

Scheidler was notified by email that Keith Buchholtz, WSBA #13440, was hired to consult the Board as to Scheidler’s ethics complaint. Buchholtz said that the matter is now solely for the Board to decide. “THE BOARD”, which comprises WSBA associates who are also legislators, other legislators, and a few “citizens” appointed by these legislators and WSBA associates, will determine if legislators fail to hold WSBA associates to the law.

How is the “BOARD”, which is established by law, compliant with Article 2, Section 30, which prohibits “corrupt influence”. Clearly an ethics board that is comprised of the very members they are to judge presents a conflict of interest addressed in Article 2, Section 30, which states, “A member who has a private interest in any bill or measure proposed or pending before the legislature, shall disclose the fact to the house of which he is a member, and shall not vote thereon.”

Said another way, a legislator has a direct interest in the laws, codes and ethical conduct demanded of legislators. How can they enact a law, RCW 42.52.310, that deals with their conduct without being in violation of Article 2, Sec 30? Worse… how can legislators stack the Board with legislators and those picked by legislators? AND WORSE, how can the Board, which is comprised of legislators and WSBA associates and those they hand pick, decide a case involving legislators and WSBA associates?

The entire scheme engaged in by these “legislators” in establishing an ethics BOARD comprised of legislators and those they hand pick to decide cases concerning legislative ethics is a blatant violation of our constitution. Legislators all have an interest in their own powers and duties and an “ethics board” comprised of legislators is a FRAUD UPON SOCIETY!

Scheidler demanded the “legislative ethics board” hire an outside consultant and disqualify all WSBA associates from participating in his grievance against Representatives Young, Caldier, and Senator Angel as the matter has WSBA corruption at its core.

Bill Scheidler
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Today, 12:30 PM
Buchholz, Keith (Keith.Buchholz@leg.wa.gov);
mschulman@scu.edu;
Zamboni John (zamboni_john@hotmail.com);
Anne Block (anne.k.block@comcast.net)
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Mr. Buchholz,

As a preliminary matter my grievance alleges Representatives Young, Caldier and Senator Angel have violated their oath … which stems from using their office to “legalize” the unauthorized, invalid and criminal acts committed by Washington State Bar associates.

You are a Washington State Bar Associate, #13440. In other words, Young, Caldier and Angel are aiding lawyers in their crimes against citizens for profit. The grievance further alleges as one of the reasons Young, Caldier and Angel are in breach of their oath is due to members of the Washington State Bar in “decision-making roles”, such as yourself, are deceiving Young, Caldier and Angel as to their constitutional obligations mandated by their oath.

Given this conflict of interest in Washington State Bar associates occupying decision-making roles throughout government, and who’s (sic) conduct is at the core of the matter, it seems you and every WSBA associate must disqualify from participating, in any way, in determining my grievance.

I request that the Legislative Ethics Board retain “outside” consultation, for example someone from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and disqualify all WSBA associates who are Board Members from hearing, consulting or having any association with this matter.

Regards,
Bill Scheidler
chief activist at www.corruptwash.com
Candidate for WA State Representative, Dist 26, Position 1 http://corruptwash.com/2016/05/20/activist-enters-race-for-washington-state-representative-26th-district/

From: Buchholz, Keith
Sent: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 10:23 AM
To: billscheidler@outlook.com
Subject: Ethics Complaints: Angel, Caldier, and Young

Dear Mr. Scheidler,

This letter acknowledges receipt of your ethics complaint against Sen. Jan Angel, Rep. Michelle Caldier, and Rep. Jess Young, for violating ethics provisions. I will open a file and begin a background investigation. If the Board determines that it has jurisdiction over this allegation, it will decide whether there is reasonable cause to believe the Ethics Act (RCW 42.52) has been violated. If it makes that preliminary determination, it may order a public hearing or resolve the matter through a stipulation. If reasonable cause is not established, the complaint will be dismissed.

Please note that the Board’s jurisdiction extends solely to violations of RCW 42.52.

You are not a party to the proceedings – the Board is now the party in interest – but the law provides that as the Complainant you will receive a copy of all public orders issued in this case.

The Board meets on October 11. As of September 1, I have been hired to advise the Board following the retirement of Mr. O’Connell. Please contact me directly if you have questions about the process before the Board.

Keith Buchholz
Counsel, Legislative Ethics Board
451 John A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786-7343
buchholz_ke@leg.wa.gov

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