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Brodkorb papers mistakenly made public include list of alleged legislative affairs

The Associated Press says a list of legislative affairs involving 10 Minnesota lawmakers — all but one no longer in office — was mistakenly made public in the case of Michael Brodkorb.

Names of people named as being involved in the affairs were not included in the story.

Brodkorb sued the state Senate last summer, saying he was wrongly fired, after his extramarital affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch was made public.

Brodkorb has maintained that he was treated differently from other legislative staffers who had affairs at the Capitol. While he has said he had examples of other cases, the filings in the case were supposed to stay under wraps.

Says the AP story:

Since Brodkorb filed the lawsuit last July, the litigation has cast a cloud over the Capitol with its suggestion that he would allege infidelities by other members of the Legislature. The list of affairs was included in a mistaken filing last week by Brodkorb’s attorneys in a case that is under protective seal. It was put up briefly on a publicly accessible electronic federal courts website, then taken down, but not before The Associated Press downloaded the filing. A hearing in the case was scheduled for Thursday and court-ordered settlement talks could resume this fall.

The story says there is “scant evidence” to back up Brodkorb’s allegations of the other affairs.

While not naming those implicated, the AP tried to contact them. Four denied the allegations; others declined comment or couldn’t be reached.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 07/11/2013 - 04:59 pm.

    How has this escaped official notice?

    Given that this leak served Brodkorb’s interests, I do not understand why a judge hasn’t called his legal team in to discuss punishment.

    Is the entire state too afraid of this muck slinger to hold him accountable?

  2. Submitted by John Ferman on 07/11/2013 - 06:31 pm.

    Brodkorb now at risk?

    By naming names might Brodkorb have exposed himself to being sued. I would guess none of the persons would have confided their dalliences to Brodkorb, so he is either guessing or lying. Wouldn’t be rich to see all of Brodkorb’s Senate suit winnings pass into someone else’s hands, other than his lawyers. BTW, how is he paying them anyway?

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