Jane Orie's cross-examination continues in her corruption trial today, a process (between the senator and prosecutor Law Claus) that Jim O'Toole describes as "painstaking" but "civil."
Mr. Claus led the defendant through a lengthy review of e-mails exchanged with a former staffer, Joe Smith, over the logistics for a 2005 fund-raising event.
In one, she told Mr. Smith, "Joe, you are to be making [fund-raising] calls all day today and tomorrow."
She maintained that she assumed, based on her abundant instructions in the past, that Mr. Smith knew to use comp time for the work.
"I said, get out of the office, take the time and get it done," she said, explaining the directives. She acknowledged that the e-mails were sent on state accounts and said, "I get lazy rather than get on AOL. I was remiss."
Continuing a theme from her direct questioning, she repeatedly described Ms. Pavlot, her former chief of staff, as the hand-on overseer of an office she would sometimes not visit extended periods of time.
"For the day-to-day [decisions on comp time] who was getting, who was submitting, that was her," she said of her longtime lieutenant.
"I was not aware on a day-to-day basis what Jamie did," she said at another point.