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Judge Will Rule on Timing of Rossi's Testimony

Amy Radil
10/27/2008

A King County judge will likely rule today (Monday) on whether Dino Rossi must testify Wednesday in a lawsuit about campaign fundraising. The Republican candidate for governor has been subpoenaed about whether he steered campaign funds to the Building Industry Association of Washington. KUOW's Amy Radil reports.

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THE LAWYERS WHO SUBPOENAED ROSSI ARE REQUESTING "EMERGENCY ACTION" FROM THE COURT. THEY WANT AN INJUNCTION TO STOP THE BIAW'S PRO–ROSSI ADS IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE GOVERNOR'S RACE. THE LAWYERS REPRESENT TWO FORMER STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, WHO SUPPORT GOVERNOR CHRIS GREGOIRE'S REELECTION BID. THEY ALLEGE THAT ROSSI AND THE BIAW HAVE IMPROPERLY COORDINATED THEIR FUNDRAISING, IN VIOLATION OF STATE CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS. LAWYERS FOR ROSSI AND THE BUILDERS' GROUP RESPOND THAT THE LAWSUIT IS POLITICAL THEATER, INTENDED TO DAMAGE ROSSI ON THE EVE OF THE ELECTION.

ON FRIDAY, ROSSI'S ATTORNEY MIKE PATTERSON URGED KING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE PARIS KALLAS TO DISMISS THE CASE. HE SAID THE STATE'S PUBLIC DISCLOSURE COMMISSION IS ALREADY INVESTIGATING THIS ISSUE, WITH ROSSI'S COOPERATION.

PATTERSON: "You could say yeah, theoretically we have jurisdiction, but why would we want to get into an area which has been exclusively the jurisdiction of the PDC or the Attorney General that is looking at this very thing, going to interview Dino Rossi on this very issue?"

BUT KALLAS RULED THAT HER COURT DOES HAVE JURISDICTION, AND THE CASE CAN PROCEED. MIKE WITHEY, AN ATTORNEY FOR THE FORMER JUSTICES, CALLED IT A VICTORY FOR THE PUBLIC.

WITHEY: "They weren't able to get the case kicked out of court, they weren't able to send it down to Olympia, and the court here has jurisdiction over whether Dino Rossi improperly coordinated these $6.5 million dollars in campaign contributions."

KALLAS' RULING MAKES CLEAR THAT ROSSI WILL BE DEPOSED ABOUT HIS ROLE IN CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING. BUT IT MAY NOT HAPPEN BEFORE ELECTION DAY. JUDGE KALLAS IS EXPECTED TO DECIDE TODAY (MON) WHETHER TO FOLLOW AN ACCELERATED SCHEDULE.

AMY RADIL, KUOW NEWS.

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