Pucheu to Mayor: Produce evidence or retract charges
By Jim Butler
Mayor Bob Morris and City Attorney Jacque Pucheu have not spoken since the mayor asked for the attorney’s resignation in mid-April, but they have communicated.
Morris made that request in a letter he says was not intended for public knowledge.
Asked Friday if he and Pucheu had discussed his letter, Morris said he has not talked with Pucheu for some time.
“I remain in the legal advisement vacuum that I have been in for sometime,” he said.
Neither he nor Pucheu has publicly commented on the resignation request.
Pucheu, sources say, told the mayor by letter that he expects, in lieu of production of evidence supporting Morris’ accusations, a public retraction of them.
The same sources say Pucheu’s confidential letter stipulates that only after that retraction will he be willing to discuss other aspects of the mayor’s letter.
While declining comment on Pucheu’s letter, Morris did say Friday he has advised Pucheu by letter that he will not talk with him without several others present or in a public venue such as a City Council meeting.
“Are there honest-appearing lawyers who disagree with my political view? Possibly so,” Morris said when asked about the city attorney situation, adding he wondered if such a person should be in a position to adversely affect what he is trying to do, “which is obviously the will of the people.”
Pucheu said Saturday that he believes “in this case I am bound ethically to say that based on the rules of confidentiality regarding attorney-client communications I cannot comment on your inquiry.”
Pucheu’s letter, sources say, also addresses the question of trust, and indicates that the attorney believes the City Council has no qualms about his representation on behalf of city.