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Alderman says AG's report 'exonerated' him
Joe Kelly Levasseur
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"I was exonerated by the Attorney General's Office," Levasseur said. "I am happy that the investigation is over, although I feel they did not investigate the proper issue."
Members of the city Board of Mayor and Aldermen are reluctant to comment on the report on Levasseur's allegations that Mahoney tried to intimidate him.
A press release accompanying the report referred to Levasseur's allegations as "untruthful," although the word untruthful does not appear in the actual report.
But Ludwig said the city's governing body has better things to think about.
"It is kind of a waste of time that is taking us away from everything we should be doing," Ludwig said.
In his report, Foster said he considered Levasseur's statements as the equivalent of an allegation that Maloney committed the criminal act of simple assault.
Alderman Edward Osborne would not comment, referring to the report as "a civil matter."
The dean of the board, Alderman William Shea, said only that, "I would have to discuss that with my colleagues."
Others were reluctant to either endorse or object to Foster's findings.
"The attorney general has the information. He made the determination, and it will have to go from there," Alderman Barbara Shaw said. "I don't have any other comment."
Ward 12 Alderman Keith Hirshmann said "it didn't seem to be much of a finding.""It sounds to me like a personal argument between two people who aren't getting along with each other," Hirshmann said. "It didn't rise to a criminal act; the policeman said something, the alderman said something."In contrast to his colleagues, former Alderman Phil Greazzo had a lot to say about the report and about Levasseur, with whom he feuded for much of 2013.
Greazzo, who said his statements about Levasseur are not "sour grapes" over past disagreements between the two, said the matter should be referred to the city Public Conduct Board, which is established by the city charter to investigate malfeasance by city officers.
As an attorney, Levasseur is subject to the Code of Professional Conduct for attorneys. The ethics code states that it is professional misconduct to "engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation."
"We recognize our professional obligation," Agati said.
Janet Devito, general counsel to the committee, said a signed formal complaint, verified by a notary public or justice of the peace, is needed to proceed with a formal investigation of a complaint.
The report Foster issued is not the product of a formal proceeding in which Levasseur could confront witnesses against him.
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