Cohasset: Selectmen file a complaint with state ethics commission against one of their own

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Cohasset Selectman Martha Gjesteby has come under fire for allegedly sending an e-mail that contained attorney-client privileged information to someone other than a fellow Cohasset Selectman.

“I do not give out e-mails. In fact, I rarely send them,” said Gjesteby during Tuesday night’s Selectmen’s meeting

The specific contents of the e-mail were not discussed during the meeting. But Selectman Diane Kennedy stated that she prefers to let the state ethics commission decide whether Gjesteby is in violation or not, “I feel very uncomfortable sanctioning anyone or having that discussion amongst ourselves.”

Gjesteby’s attorney emphasized to Cohasset Selectmen that a violation can turn into a serious criminal matter but he noted that Gjesteby, who’s a woman in her 80′s, categorically denies the allegation.

“There was not an e-mail involving the requesting or rendering of legal advice so not only is it our position that it is not attorney-client privilege and not exempt from disclosure under the public records law, but the secondary issue here is the fact that there’s no violation,” explained Attorney Brandon Moss

Cohasset Selectmen voted to file a complaint with the state ethics commission but Gjesteby plans to file her own complaint against the Board of Selectmen that involves an open meeting law violation from a December meeting.

Gjesteby declined to comment after the meeting about the details of her complaint.

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