Ethics board dismisses case against ex-Culver aide
An Iowa board has agreed with a judge that a lawyer for former Gov. Chet Culver didn't violate state ethics law by filing a major environmental lawsuit against a Muscatine company.
The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board last month dismissed a complaint filed against former Culver aide Jim Larew by Muscatine-based Grain Processing Corp.
The board says it would be a waste to investigate the complaint after District Judge Mark Smith already ruled Larew did not violate a law barring state employees from working on the same cases after they join the private sector.
Smith ruled the law did not apply in the case of Larew, a Culver aide when GPC faced state investigations.
Larew represents Muscatine residents suing GPC for damages for pollution from its corn milling plant.
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