County Officials May Prosecute Whistle-Blower

County Officials May Prosecute Whistle-Blower

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake County officials are angry over a whistle-blower and say they may prosecute.

Yesterday, Councilman Joe Hatch warned that the person who slipped an investigative report to the Deseret Morning News may have opened up the county to "all kinds" of civil liability.

The report cities employees who allege 14 County Clerk's Office workers may have been unqualified but hired anyway through favoritism and nepotism.

County Clerk Sherrie Swenson has called for a criminal investigation into the leak, which District Attorney David Yocom says is a class B misdemeanor.

Swensen said the employees were maligned and slandered through no fault of their own. Hatch agreed saying the workers were publicly disagreed in a document that should have been protected.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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