What a rough few weeks for City Councilwoman Marti Emerald. After having a rather public falling out with her former Chief of Staff, Xema Jacobson, Marti is facing rather serious ethics charges related to her campaign finances. The ethics hearing regarding that case was today, and after a full day of witnesses and questions it seems to have made little progress.
Most of the discussion today focused on topics irrelevant to the two complaints filed. Bob Ottilie, Emerald’s attorney, had a really difficult time understanding what the actual hearing topic was and also struggled with not wasting enormous amounts of time by bringing up irrelevant and distracting topics. Only time will tell if the “put the judges on trial” defense will pay off for Ottilie and Emerald. Perhaps when the hearing resumes the Ethics Commission will actually be provided information on the complaints.