Intimidating the press

Officials in Malheur County in eastern Oregon had asked Sheriff Brian Wolfe to assess whether the Malheur Enterprise weekly newspaper had engaged in criminal conduct in its reporting involving the director of the county’s economic development department.

County Counsel Stephanie Williams confirmed that she contacted Wolfe with allegations about emails and phone calls to the county’s economic development officials.

At issue was the state crime of telephonic harassment. That law states that . . .

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