I thought my colleague Cynthia Sewell’s story in Sunday’s Statesman was a brilliant piece of reporting about how and why the wife of former Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney was twice investigated for a possible crime related to her moonlighting while employed at the Idaho Commission on Aging.
But there was one burning question left unanswered: Why was Donna Denney’s case reopened after a nine-month Idaho State Police investigation found no evidence of a crime?
Then- Idaho State Police Col. Jerry Russell told Sewell he couldn’t recall the details of why he ordered Detective Bret Kessinger to revive his investigation in July 2012. Kessinger told Sewell Russell’s orders were “a real head-scratcher” and said he’d never been asked to do something of the sort in his 16-year career.
I spoke with Rep. Denney today, as well as with Gov. Butch Otter, who acknowledged that his office was involved. Also, I checked in with the man who defeated Denney in 2012, Speaker Scott Bedke.
I don’t want to give it away until Wednesday’s edition, but here’s a tease: Check back online after midnight or pick up Wednesday’s print edition. It’s an interesting followup, I hope you’ll agree.