Attorney General Jerry Brown has put on leave spokesman Scott Gerber, who taped a conversation he and other members of the AG's office had with Chron reporter Carla Marinucci without her consent, a violation of the state's wiretapping law, the Chron reported.
The recording came to light when Gerber complained to Marinucci's editors that she did not accurately report the remarks of one of the people in the conversation, Jim Humes, chief deputy attorney general.
To make his point, Gerber e-mailed them a transcript of the interview.
The Chron said it briefly took the story off of the Web site to get more comments from Gerber.
The incident comes at a time when Brown's office is investigating whether two conservative journalists violated the same law when the posed as a prostitute and pimp, and recorded ACORN employees at two California offices.