Ore. bar complaint against DA moves forward

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BEND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon State Bar has found enough evidence of possible misconduct by Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty to refer the matter to its disciplinary office for further investigation.

The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reports the bar notified Flaherty of its decision May 18.

The state bar will now analyze the case to identify any unanswered ethical issues and will correspond with Flaherty until the bar has enough information to dismiss the complaint or move to the next step.

The investigation resulted from a complaint filed in March, which alleges that Flaherty misused a grand jury to settle a personal score with Deschutes County Legal Counsel Mark Pilliod and The Bulletin over the release of job application information for assistant prosecutors.

Flaherty did not immediately return a call on Wednesday.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com