While the hearing found Amedore to not have violated their fourth principle, the committee did note the press release under question was misleading.
"The press release does not misrepresent Mr. Santabarbara and so there is no violation of Principle #4," said the written decision from the hearing. "However, the panel does find that the press release is misleading, since it uses a wrong standard of law by citing a dissenting opinion as a 'decision of the court.'"
Amedore said he cited the dissenting opinion of the Supreme Court as a "measuring stick" to help guide in the decision surrounding the lawsuit. He said he didn't purposely try to mislead voters by using the dissenting opinion.
Santabarbara said Amedore has been making claims about him throughout the election without any evidence.
"He wants to be the judge and jury and decides who is right and wrong and that shows his character," said Santabarbara. "The pattern is there, every step of that way I have had the truth on my side."
Amedore said Santabarbara is the one using a negative campaign and he has been using diversions to not talk about the property tax relief voters need.
The panel present at the hearing on Oct. 19 consisted of Michael Foster, Beverly LaBarge, Stephen Muller, Faith Weldon, panel Chair Katherine Henrikson and Coordinator Barbara Thomas.""