PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court upheld a decision to suspend a district attorney for lying to investigators.
Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley will be suspended from practicing law for two months beginning in February, the court ruled Thursday.
The ruling upholds Oregon’s Disciplinary Board finding last year that Nisley lied to state bar investigators looking into whether he improperly investigated a county official.
In 2013, then-Wasco County Finance Director Monica Morris made two loans to an intern out of the county’s petty cash fund. Nisley found out about the loans in 2014 and asked the state to investigate.
The Oregon Department of Justice declined to prosecute and Nisley began looking into the matter personally.
In 2015, Wasco County’s attorney filed a complaint against Nisley with the Oregon State Bar, writing that Nisley’s investigation into the loans was improper. He also suggested the investigation was retaliation for a rebuffed romantic advance Nisley had with Morris in 2011.
Bar investigators alleged that Nisley’s investigation was retaliatory and that he’d lied about it to investigators.
The trial panel dismissed most of those charges, but found that Nisley lied when he told investigators that Morris was not the subject of a criminal investigation.
The panel ruled that Nisley be suspended for a month, but Nisley appealed the decision.
“I understand the supreme court’s decision. I disagree with their conclusions,” Nisley said in a statement, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. “This moment does not define me with respect to who I am, what I do, or how I live my life.”
He said he is relieved “that this matter is concluded.”