Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.
I was involved in an investigation a few years ago and no wrongdoing was found. However, I later obtained documents that showed the agency lied during the investigation. I reported this to the original investigator and the IG office and GAO. Is it ethically okay for an agency to lie during an investigation?
The short answer to your question is that it is not permissible to lied during an investigation. I gather from the information you provided that there is a disagreement between you and others about whether you have actually shown a basis to investigate a lie. You have inquired and sought relief in all the right places. If these offices will not help, I do not believe you have an additional remedy.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.
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