State Attorney investigation closed with no formal charges

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 09:40 AM.

“That should not be probable cause to do anything,” Graney said. “What a silly process.”

Graney has labeled the investigation a “Keystone Kops comedy routine.”

Herring and Jensen provided Williams with a recording device to record a private conversation between Williams and Graney on June 28, which lasted nearly 90 minutes.

Graney said the conversation was to alert Williams, who was still debating a run for re-election to the Board of County Commissioners, about the information that was out there about the various BOCC races.

Graney said he may have been “injudicious” in some of his comments to Williams, agreeing too freely to some of his friend’s assertions, but that the basis of the conversation was to provide the local political landscape and advice to a friend he had backed for eight years.

Graney told Williams in the recorded conversation that he did not interpret the information from the PAC to be blackmail, but “politics” in which methods may be unethical but not illegal.

The term blackmail, according to the file, was used by deputy county administrator Michael Hammond in a phone call related by Butler in his affidavit and by Williams during his recorded conversation with Graney.

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