Hill threatens legal action against legislative critics

2013-04-17T15:30:00Z 2013-05-21T17:49:13Z Hill threatens legal action against legislative criticsBy JOSHUA WOLFSON Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

A lawyer representing embattled Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill has threatened legal action against legislative critics who removed much of her power.

In a letter sent Monday, attorney Robert DiLorenzo claims Rep. Rosie Berger published a libelous report concerning the law that removed Hill as head of the Wyoming Department of Education. He demands she prove eight statements in the paper.

“Should we not hear from you within 10 days, we will take all legal steps necessary to protect the reputation and integrity of our client,” DiLorenzo wrote.

Reached this afternoon, Hill referred questions to her attorney. She did verify the authenticity of the letter.

DiLorenzo did not immediately respond to a phone message. No one answered when a reporter called Berger's home.

The report attempts to explain why lawmakers passed Senate File 104, controversial legislation that transferred many of the superintendent’s duties to a director appointed by the governor. Rep. Tim Stubson said he and several other lawmakers, including House Speaker Tom Lubnau and House Minority Leader Mary Throne, collaborated on the paper.

Stubson said he had no plans to retract the report.

"I don't think the letter should have its intended purpose, which is to silence discussion on these issues," he said.

Stubson released the Hill letter to reporters this afternoon. Hill’s response was disappointing, but not surprising, he said.

“It seems like there has been a number of times where we try to talk policy where the result has been threats and those type of things,” he said.

In a statement released today, Lubnau also indicated he had no plans to back down.

“I will resist any efforts to intimidate any legislator from explaining why they voted on a particular piece of legislation,” he said.

Hill has already sued Gov. Matt Mead, claiming the law violates the state constitution. A judge denied her request to halt the law until the matter could be decided by the courts. The Wyoming Supreme Court agreed last month to hear the case.

Contact Joshua Wolfson at 307-266-0582 or at josh.wolfson@trib.com. Visit http://trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/wolfjammies to read his blog. Follow him on Twitter @joshwolfson.

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  1. Sassy
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    Sassy - April 18, 2013 7:38 am

    It is not the legislators job to intervene and override the will of the people...Maybe in a communist country...but then again

  2. ken
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    ken - April 18, 2013 6:41 am
    If C. Hill's actions are about the children I will eat my shorts. The lady is looney tunes! Wake up people. It is the Legislatures job to intervene when we the voters make a poor choice as is the case with Hill. The Legislature has acted appropriately throughout this debacle. How about we all get together on this one and let leadership clean up the Hill mess so we can get back to educating our kids?
  3. Kody Koyote
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    Kody Koyote - April 17, 2013 6:51 pm
    Way to go. We the People voted her in, not the legislature. She deserves due process. What happens to the next Sup of Public Inst? Will the office be run the same as the Auditors? The legislature's grip needs to be loosened.
  4. thehousemouse
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    thehousemouse - April 17, 2013 6:28 pm
    I have heard this for weeks. and the fact remains. cindy was voted in with all the athority it holds. and to undermine that will GOOD old boy tactics will surely have a negitive effect on our kids, our constitution and the voters rights. weather you love her or hate her. that was the vote.
  5. Reason
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    Reason - April 17, 2013 4:17 pm
    Stubson, Lubnau, Throne, (and Gov Mead) are all lawyers, and even though I am thoroughly disgusted with all of the lawyers in the legislature, I doubt they would've done anything to jeopardize their law careers. Cindy Hill is getting very desperate.
  6. Sassy
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    Sassy - April 17, 2013 3:01 pm
    They are corrupt and need to be held accountable !!
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