Raney e-mail sheds light on ethics allegations

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- KBOI News made a formal public records request for a copy of the e-mail Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney sent to House Speaker Scott Bedke containing allegations about possible ethics violations and crimes committed by two state lawmakers.

And we got it Thursday.

Specific confidential information about Rep. Mark Patterson's concealed weapons permit was redacted from our copy of the e-mail.

But in the e-mail, Raney says Patterson, a Boise Republican, and Rep. Judy Boyle, a Midvale Republican, crossed the line by reaching out to the Idaho Attorney General's Office for personal use.

The sheriff says Patterson used advice he got from the AG in a hearing to determine whether Patterson should lose his concealed weapons permit for not disclosing a withheld judgement from a 1974 rape case.

In the e-mail we obtained, Raney writes "because Rep. Patterson procured and used this advice for his personal benefit, this is a violation of the Idaho Ethics in Government Act."

Raney also says that "under Idaho law, if Patterson used deception to obtain the services of the AG's office for his personal benefit, he committed a crime."

And Raney says for similar reasons Boyle may have also broken the law.

As members of the House of Representatives watch this story unfold, they're aware that a new law passed by the House last session would make it a violation of ethical standards for them to comment one way or another on possible wrongdoing.

"Depending on how things go, we may be called upon at some point to sit in judgment of a fellow legislator," said Rep. Grant Burgoyne, (D) Boise, " and we have to be able to do that fairly and objectively."

It's unclear at this point if there will be any ethics investigation based on Sheriff Raney's allegations.

Patterson and Boyle could not be reached for comment.