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BEND, OR -- The Oregon Department of Justice has cleared Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson of any wrongdoing, after allegations of intimidation surfaced during the election. Nelson’s challenger, Deputy Eric Kozowski, claimed in May that he and supporters were subjected to unlawful retaliation by supervisors in response to Kozowski’s campaign for Sheriff. 

 

A DOJ investigator interviewed both candidates and 12 other employees and were unable to corroborate any specific instance of undue influence. The agency closed the case after concluding there was no evidence that election laws were violated. 

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