ST. PAUL (AP) – A retired judge will determine whether Attorney General Mike Hatch violated any ethical rules when he made an after-hours phone call to a judge presiding over one of Hatch’s lawsuits.
Former District Court Judge Lawrence Collins has been appointed as special counsel to handle two complaints against Hatch, who is the Democratic nominee for governor.
The complaints were filed separately by the state Republican Party and Ramsey County District Judge William Leary the Third.
Hatch and Leary have given conflicting accounts of Hatch’s personal call to Leary during a pending debt-collection lawsuit.
Hatch says he welcomes the review.
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