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Ethics Committee hires ex-federal prosecutor in Bundgaard case

The Senate Ethics Committee has hired a former federal prosecutor to investigate whether Sen. Scott Bundgaard broke ethics rules in a roadside scuffle with his ex-girlfriend.

And the attorney, Kory Langhofer, appears to be aggressively pursuing the case: He said he will likely call witnesses to testify in the ethics trial next month, including alleged victim Aubry Ballard, police officers and other eye witnesses to the domestic-violence incident.

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More delays in Bundgaard ethics trial (access required)

The trial involving whether Sen. Scott Bundgaard breached ethical rules could be pushed back to next year, when the legislative session starts.

Sen. Ron Gould, chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, said the committee needs to resolve a request by a Democratic senator who is asking the committee to adopt a less-stringent burden of proof in investigating Bundgaard.

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Bundgaard wants Gould off ethics panel (access required)

Sen. Scott Bundgaard is lobbying for the removal of the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, a clear attempt to push back as he faces a potential ethics inquiry over a roadside fight with his ex-girlfriend.

Bundgaard’s attorney, James Austin Woods, told Senate President Russell Pearce in a letter Tuesday that the Peoria Republican wouldn’t get a fair hearing if Sen. Ron Gould remains the panel’s chairman.

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Bundgaard claim: ‘That dog don’t hunt’

Various media outlets are now reporting Bundgaard's latest version of events, and sources in the caucus have told our reporter and other members of the Capitol press corps that his explanation for why the gun-pulling incident didn't make the police report is that he wanted to protect Ballard.

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