June 22nd, 2009 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, City Hall, CLEAN UP

The Sam Adams Report Highlights


Here are some highlights of the report (PDF) by Attorney General John Kroger finding no sufficient credible evidence to justify criminal prosecution of Mayor Sam Adams.

The investigation interviewed 57 witnesses and sorted through other records to answer what investigators called these key questions:

1) Did Adams have sexual intercourse with Breedlove before he turned 18?

The report: Adams and Breedlove both deny any sexual intercourse before Breedlove's 18th birthday on June 25, 2005. The investigation found no witness testimony or other evidence to contradict those claims.

2) Did Adams have sexual contact with Breedlove before he turned 18?

The report: There was no evidence to corroborate Breedlove's claims that Adams kissed him twice before Breedlove turned 18 — once while driving to the train station or a second time in a City Hall bathroom. Investigators also said Breedlove suffers from credibility problems because of "prior inconsistent statements, financial gain and prior felony conviction ..."

3) Did Adams commit official misconduct in hiring Amy Ruiz, the Portland Mercury's former City Hall reporter to stop her from pursing pursuing the story?

The report: No credible, admissible evidence that contradicts Adams chief of staff Tom Miller's statement that Ruiz's work on the Breedlove story never came up, or to contradict Adams' statement that he wasn't involved in Ruiz's hiring.

4)Did Adams commit official misconduct by using government resources to disemmnate false information while a city commissioner or as mayor?

The report: No evidence that Adams used "significant government resources" to disseminate false or misleading information.

5) Did Adams commt theft by deception by lying about Breedlove in campaign materials?

The report: No evidence ever appeared in Adams' campaign or fundraising materials.

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