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Ethics Commission dismisses complaint against Cheryl Jacques, administrative law judge and former state senator

The State Ethics Commission has dismissed allegations that Cheryl Jacques, a former state senator who is now an administrative law judge, used her official position to try to gain an advantage in dealing with her brother-in-law’s dental office.

The commission said in a decision issued today that it was “confronted with two competing versions of what occurred” and that it had “no basis for determining” which was more credible.

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The commission said “the facts established by the evidence in this case are equally consistent with no violation as with a violation.”

Because of that, the commission said, there was no “preponderance of evidence” proving that Jacques had “knowingly, or with reason to know, attempted to use her position to gain an unwarranted privilege” for her brother-in-law.

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