Scheer: AG Brown’s spokesman didn’t break the law

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In taping a reporter, AG Brown’s spokesman showed bad judgment, but didn’t break the law

By Peter Scheer

Attorney General Jerry Brown’s spokesman Scott Gerber was unceremoniously “disappeared” from Brown’s incipient gubernatorial campaign this week because of a lapse in judgment that, quite frankly, has been grossly overblown. Gerber’s mistake: to surreptitiously record a phone conversation with a reporter, which was later discovered because Gerber, in a plea for changes to the story, presented an editor with verbatim quotes too extensive and accurate to be the result of efficient note-taking alone.