The Public Disclosure Commission has thrown out the last election-law complaint remaining from state Sen. Pam Roach‘s defeat of challenger Matt Richardson.
Richardson filed the complaint during last fall’s campaign, saying Roach’s campaign mailers illegally defame him. It was one of several complaints to the PDC by both candidates in the heated intra-Republican race, all of which were dismissed.
The election watchdogs dismissed this one without finding any violations of the law. Roach was able to cite legal documents or news media coverage to back up the ad’s claims.
The candidates sparred over the significance of Richardson’s guilty plea in 1993 for acts he allegedly committed as a minor. Richardson said a later dismissal of the charges is proof of his innocence. But prosecutors said the conviction was dismissed because Richardson served his sentence, and the PDC concluded the orders to dismiss and seal the case were “concerned with procedural matters, and did not contravene the facts of the underlying case.”