Reports Larry Lange:

A Superior Court judge has ordered an investigation of a citizen complaint that the state withheld release of a video from a critic of the Alaskan Way Viaduct tunnel project for political reasons, weeks before a Seattle mayoral election.

Walt Jorgensen, an activist from Tumwater, appealed a state Executive Ethics Board's dismissal of his complaint, in which he alleged that state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) officials had concealed the video from tunnel critic Elizabeth Campbell prior to the 2009 election, when the viaduct was a major issue.

Campbell eventually got the video she requested. But as I reported at the time, the Washington State Department of Transportation first released the video to the teevee peeple—apparently to air on the evening news as a political calculation—but they still hadn't released it Campbell.

Says Lange: "Fines could be assessed on any state employees found to have violated ethics laws."