May 23, 2011 7:17 PM by Gene Cotton

Regulator clears McInnis in ethics complaint

DENVER (AP) - A state regulator has decided that allegations of plagiarism against former Colorado gubernatorial candidate and attorney Scott McInnis don't warrant discipline under ethics guidelines.

Denver's KMGH-TV reports the state office of attorney regulation said Monday there's no clear evidence of a violation. The group Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint against McInnis after allegations surfaced that portions of a paper he wrote for a foundation on water law were copied from an article by a state Supreme Court judge.

McInnis agreed to repay the foundation, but said a water expert he worked with gave him copies of the article without providing attribution. The expert disputed that and the issue dogged the Republican candidate, who lost the gubernatorial primary last year.

Colorado Ethics Watch says it's glad the complaint was investigated.



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