Brickhouse cleared

A Senate Impeachment Committee cleared a Student Government staffer facing impeachment for impropriety of all charges Thursday.

“It’s exactly what I had expected,” said Deputy Attorney General David Brickhouse. “I’m glad that it’s done and my name is cleared.”

The Committee, which consisted of Sen. Daniel Shelnutt, Sen. Bruno Portigliatti and Sen. Ralph Reid, decided that only two of the four allegations were worthy of investigation: that Brickhouse went through presidential candidate Gregory “Butters” Morgan’s computer files and allegations that Brickhouse lied at his confirmation hearing.

The other two allegations maintained that Brickhouse illegally fired three SG employees during the fall 2007 semester and tried to cover up information pertaining to former Student Body President Barclay Harless, who resigned after admitting drinking had taken place in SG offices during freshman orientation in fall 2007.

The Committee interviewed Brickhouse, Student Body President Garin Flowers, and Morgan. Brickhouse said the executive branch had already reprimanded him for using Morgan’s computer.

Flowers said that Brickhouse had not lied at his confirmation, agreeing that Brickhouse was instructed by Harless to fire the Executive Branch members.

Since Brickhouse and Flowers’ statements on the firings and discipline matched, the Committee decided the allegations weren’t supported by enough evidence to prove a violation of any statute or election rule, Reid said.

“Since the executive branch had taken care of it internally, impeachment was unnecessary,” Reid said.

Portigliatti said he believes that Brickhouse made an honest mistake.

“Yes, David Brickhouse was on (Morgan’s) computer,” he said. “However, he wasn’t doing anything wrong. It was a mistake.”

Brickhouse said the allegations against him were ridiculous.

“I’m disappointed that it happened in the first place,” he said.

Portigliatti said it was better for Brickhouse that the investigation went through the Committee because it “clears him completely.”

Reid also said it’s important that the Committee process is in place to catch SG members that might break the rules.

“There’s been a lot of talk about SG wasting time, but it’s important to keep this in place to be able to investigate,” he said.

The decision, however, will not be finalized until brought before Senate Pro Tempore Nicole Randazzo, Reid said. He no longer faces impeachment.