Arizona legislator responds to ethics complaint

Arizona legislator responds to ethics complaint

CREATED Mar 29, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona legislator facing an ethics complaint stemming from domestic violence allegations says the complaint should be dismissed outright but that any consideration of it should begin with a closed-doors committee meeting.
   
Democratic Rep. Daniel Patterson of Tucson says in a two-page response that the complaint should be dismissed. He says that's because the legislator who filed it doesn't have the required personal knowledge of the allegations.
   
Patterson denies engaging in domestic violence, as was alleged by a former girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges in Tucson city court.
   
Patterson says he should be allowed to candidly respond to the complaint during a closed-door meeting of the House Ethics Committee if it considers a report being prepared by House-hired lawyers to investigate the complaint.

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