The report released by the Office of the Legislative Auditor this morning appears to offer something to both sides of the employment dispute in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. (See also prior post.)
For AG Lori Swanson, it offers affirmation that none of the complained of conduct in her office falls within the ambit of something that the OLA investigates. For the "at will" attorneys in the office who say they felt pressured to act in ways they believed were inappropriate, it offers a nod by calling on the Legislature to review their status to determine if they should continue to function "at the pleasure of the Attorney General" or should get some employment protections, such as the civil-service protections afforded some other state agency workers.
Given the limited review powers of the OLA, this "split-the-baby" approach seems fairly reasonable.
One added item of particular interest in the report: The OLA specifically mentions that most of the criticisms fell on Swanson's predecessor and mentor, Mike Hatch, rather than on Swanson herself.