An interesting question arose in an ethics proceeding in Kennesaw,
GA, a city of 30,000 just outside of Atlanta. According to an
article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
and a Kennesaw
Watch blog post
, both dated July 17, soon after an ethics
complaint was filed against the city's mayor, the mayor sent two
text messages to the complainant, asking for a meeting “man to man
face to face."
The Kennesaw Watch blog considered these messages intimidating.
According to a
Kennesaw Patch article this week
, the attorney hired to advise
the ethics board, which quickly met to discuss the complaint (and
dismissed its allegations for primarily technical reasons), said "that part of dispute resolution
includes a meeting between both sides. 'I’ve never gone into court
without talking to the other side. I don’t see any hard and fast
rule in the ethics code prohibiting this, and I’d venture to say
it’s encouraged. We haven’t gone that far in this country to say you
can’t talk about your differences.'"