Judge questions legal sufficiency of ethics subpoena

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A Shawnee County judge on Thursday questioned whether the state ethics commission demonstrated a reasonable suspicion of a campaign finance violation when it subpoenaed the former chair of the Johnson County Republican Party.

Judge Teresa Watson spent about 1 1/2 hours sorting out whether she should grant Fabian Shepard's request to toss out a subpoena that is part of a wide-ranging investigation into campaign finance violations.

Watson said the findings of fact and the conclusions of law that are supposed to be issued with the subpoena showed little indication that there was a reasonable suspicion of a . . .


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