Earlier this year, former City Attorney Nancy Isserlis was outraged by the conclusions of independent investigator Kris Cappel. In particularly, she expressed outrage by the accusation that she had intentionally withheld damning records about sexual harassment allegations against former Police Chief Frank Straub until after last year's election.
As the Inlander
had reported, a series of scathing letters
were traded back and forth between Cappel and Isserlis's attorney, John Spencer Stewart, sparking both to make major records requests.
Contrary to Cappel's conclusions, Stewart argued that the sexual harassment complaints about the chief had
been properly documented. In response, Cappel filed a records request with the city on Aug. 17, asking for records from the city attorney's office referencing a number of different parties involved with the Straub scandal.
Two days later, Stewart filed his own massive records request about aspects of the investigation itself.
This set the stage for a lengthy public records battle that could stretch late into next year, possibly revealing new information about the city attorney's office or the investigation.
But just as essentially every other loose end
regarding the Straub scandal evaporated after the mayoral recall attempt was rejected, the records request issue quietly faded away as well. Still, handling the two requests already cost the city thousands of dollars.