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Andi Elliott: Fighting Mad in Jefferson County

September 12th, 2015 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

You know, if I were a resident of the city of Rigby I’d be fighting mad about now. I just read Charlie Van Leuven’s story in the STAR about City Attorney Rob Dunn’s contract soon coming up for renewal. The city council is considering putting the contract out for bid; Dunn is acting like a petulant school boy according to his comments quoted in the STAR. He just might decide not to “play” if they do that.

Tell me why, and I can ask the same question of Jefferson County residents, would you want an attorney of such questionable ethics? We’ve all seen what transpired in the Blackburn case thanks to the STAR. Dunn represented Blackburn…even though he was City Attorney. And then there is the $88,000 Dunn cost taxpayers regarding the Eagle Rock Sanitation dispute. Don’t forget the times he represented the county in court for his failure to turn over documents requested through public information requests from the Post Register AS REQUIRED BY IDAHO LAW.

And remember how Dunn allowed the notification deadline to slip by knowing that the city council wanted to change his contract. And then there is the disappearance of paperwork surrounding the unsolved mystery of Dunn becoming a city employee thus dramatically enhancing his PERSI benefits… as reported by the STAR.

Let’s see…then there’s the incident about Dunn’s race horse being disqualified because of the presence of a non-allowable drug in the horse. This was followed by the “knife incident” at the race track and his abusive language to the racing board members. All reported in the newspapers.
What else? Oh, there is the matter of Dunn being forced to dismiss a case after six months because of lack of evidence. It took six months to figure that out? Waste of money there…and he set the county up for a suit as indicated by the judge.

Oh, and this is a “biggie”… Mr. Dunn offered to represent a client “pro bono” which sounds admirable, ONLY it was in direct conflict with the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct. You see, according to the I.R.P.C. Mr. Dunn was in conflict of interest by taking the case. When forced to explain his behavior in court, an astute judge disqualified Dunn and read the Idaho State Bar’s Formal Opinion No. 18 to Mr. Dunn which states, “It is the opinion of this committee that a prosecuting attorney or his deputies cannot properly represent a party in any civil action depending upon the same state of fact upon which a criminal prosecution depends where such a prosecuting attorney or his deputies are or were involved in their official capacity.” Now tell me that a prosecutor of 32 years wasn’t aware of this? Dunn attempted to abuse the system and got caught.

This is the kind of prosecutor that Rigby city council wants to retain? We don’t need a prosecutor who abuses his position of power. Rigby citizens, every one of you needs to do two things: subscribe to the STAR and contact your council members and make your voices heard. As the Post Register once wrote…it’s a mystery why Jefferson County taxpayers continue to elect Mr. Dunn. Dunn should be done.

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