John Kitzhaber retains prominent Portland criminal defense lawyer – OregonLive.com
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has retained prominent Portland criminal defense lawyer Janet Hoffman to represent him.
The governor retained Hoffman when he asked the state attorney general in a letter on Monday to conduct an investigation into Cylvia Hayes’ role in his administration.
“Any person facing an investigation by the state attorney general’s office would get an appropriate counsel to respond to the inquiry,” Hoffman said Thursday.
Hoffman said it’s her hope that the governor can serve out his term.
“He has been an outstanding representative of the state of Oregon throughout his career, and I would hope that the party would give him the time and space to continue to govern,” Hoffman said. “I hope he can continue to serve the remainder of his term and make valuable contributions to the state.”
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced Monday that she had opened an investigation into the allegations of public corruption against Kitzhaber and Hayes.
Rosenblum announced the unprecedented criminal investigation nearly two hours after Kitzhaber released a letter he sent asking her to open a “full and independent factual review.”
The governor’s request reversed a stance he had held for months, saying a review under way by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission was sufficient. Calls for a more rigorous investigation increased, however, after recent questions about whether Hayes reported $118,000 in payments on tax returns.
Hayes hired Whitney Boise, a prominent Portland criminal defense attorney, to represent her in the rapidly unfolding controversy.
Attorney Jim McDermott, a partner in the Ball Janik law firm, also represents Kitzhaber before the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.