California Attorney Jerry Brown has asked Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley to investigate the secret taping of conversations with reporters by Brown's former communications director, Scott Gerber. O'Malley has accepted the request, Bay City News and others are reporting. Gerber resigned after the secret recordings came to light. The Chronicle determined Gerber had recorded its reporters after he presented the paper's editors with a transcript of an interview to prove he had been misquoted.
Brown's move comes after Steven Baric, the chairman of the California Republican Lawyers Association asked that the district attorneys in both San Francisco and Alameda counties investigate the matter because the secret taping allegedly occurred in Brown's offices in San Francisco and Oakland.