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Denis Huston's lawyer wants to see independent investigation report

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PASCO, Wash. -- The former Franklin County Public Works accountant accused of embezzling millions of dollars was back in court Tuesday afternoon.

His attorney, John Jensen, asked for some evidence to be shared before proceeding with trial. NBC Right Now reported several months ago, Franklin County paid for an independent investigation to be done by a private insurance company on the $2.8 million embezzlement case.

The report was completed, but never shared with the public, despite our many requests. Franklin County Prosecutor, Shawn Sant, who is not trying the criminal case says the report could be a liability to the county because of all the other private matters in it dealing with other employees within the public works department.

Sant says the report falls under attorney client privilege, and the prosecuting attorney in this case, from the attorney general's office says he also hasn't seen it. Judge Craig Matheson says the attorney handling the independent investigation, should brief both sides on findings that deal directly with Huston.

Months ago, commissioners Brad Peck and Bob Koch both voted to keep the report private, while Rick Miller wanted it released to the public. The Tri-City Herald also received an anonymous copy of the report.

The Herald article says tax payers paid more than $8,000 for this independent investigation. Huston will be back in court November 13th for his omnibus hearing.

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