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Rowley Report still a secret

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District Attorney Michael Keitz won another round in his court battle to prevent the public from seeing the results of an investigation into allegations he violated the civil rights of some of his subordinates and created a hostile work environment in his office.

Superior Court Judge James Oakley granted Keitz a preliminary injunction, which prohibits the county board of supervisors from releasing the report, known as the Rowley Report.

After 40 minutes of lively, legal debating, attorneys for both the county and Keitz ended their arguments and submitted their cases. Oakley took the case under advisement and will issue a decision on whether or not to make the injunction permanent. It is expected that the decision will be made within 90 days.

Until Oakley makes his ruling, the Rowley Report remains secret. However, in a move that surprised some courtroom observers, Martin J. Mayer, attorney for Keitz, acknowledged that individual board members could have access to the report but could not leak it. To date, all board members deny having read the report...


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