District Judge Ron Goodman

North Dakota’s Ethics Commission has Declined Its First Complaint

It isn't clear what will happen to the complaint now that is has been declined.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota’s fledgling Ethics Commission has declined its first complaint. The five-person commission met in a 10-minute closed session Wednesday and then voted unanimously to decline the complaint on the basis that it falls outside the commission’s jurisdiction. Retired district judge Ron Goodman, who chairs the commission, wouldn’t provide a copy of the complaint and referred questions to an…

New Ethics Panel to Hear First Complaint Behind Closed Doors

The closed session is raising questions about how much of the commission's work will be public.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota’s fledgling Ethics Commission is due to hear its first complaint, even as the panel is still figuring out rules and procedures for its work. And that means the complaint on this week’s agenda is likely to be pushed down the road until those systems are worked out. The details of the complaint aren’t known, and it’s currently…