Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Website insufficiency produces Ethics Commission cover-up

by Larry Geller

It most certainly wasn't intentional, but by replacing Senator Hee’s original and possibly fraudulent personal disclosure statement with a fresh copy on the Hawaii Ethics Commission website, the Ethics Commission has, in effect, perpetrated a cover-up. A visitor to the website would not know about and cannot view a copy of Hee’s original submission.

Fortunately, Ian Lind retained a copy of the original filing. View it here. The amended filing, which is not marked as such or indicated as such b y the Ethics Commission, I discovered yesterday. It appears to have been faxed to the Ethics Commission on May 23. See also Ian’s post this morning, Senator Hee amends latest financial disclosure, questions remain (5/25/2011).

The procedural cover-up should not impede the Ethics Commission from taking action on the entire set of reports.

But will they?

Ian’s original article raised the question of justice. See:  Politically powerful state senator files false ethics reports (5/21/2011).

If justice is to be meaningful, it should apply to every citizen equally, whether or not they are “politically powerful.”

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