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Ada County Commissioner Ryan Davidson’s March conversation with Magistrate Judge David Manweiler, in which Davidson asked the judge to reverse his decision to issue a bench warrant for anti-government activist Ammon Bundy, did not violate Idaho laws, according to an investigation by the Idaho Attorney General’s office.

“Commissioner Davidson’s decision to approach a judge in open court to discuss an ongoing criminal case, while disconcerting, did not constitute a crime under Idaho law,” wrote Deputy Attorney General Colleen Zahn in a Monday letter to Mike Satz, executive director of the Idaho 97 Project, an anti-extremism group that filed complaints against Davidson.

Idaho Press reporter Ryan Suppe reports that the investigation “did not reveal a crime that could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” according to Zahn. However, the Attorney general’s office recommends Davidson receive training “concerning appropriate interactions with the judiciary.”

You can read Suppe's full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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