"Getting off on a technicality" is the kind of legal maneuver often seen from convicted criminals, though regrettably we've also witnessed it in recent years from our nation's elected officials.
I was disappointed to read on Tuesday's front page that Ryan Owens has hired a lawyer to follow this path of last resort and questionable integrity in protesting the reprimands he received from the ethics committee earlier this year. While the attorney general's response may be correct according to the letter of the law, the spirit of the law still resides with the ethics committee, which did all it could to ensure a fair and equitable hearing of complaints against city commissioners.
It is unfortunate the ethics committee may have violated state law when it circulated an agenda that was not as specific as it needed to be; the committee is no less required to abide by the law than the members of the city commission are. However, what is most unfortunate is that the situation has provided a smokescreen behind which Ryan Owens can hide his unethical behavior, which centered around taking direct action to influence the activities of city employees without going through the city manager.