The Abe Lincoln Situation: Formal Ethics Investigation Begins

The Norwich Bulletin and The Day in New London reported yesterday that the city’s ethics commission found “probable cause to conduct hearings and launch formal investigations” into the way the Lincoln portrait competition was conducted.

The Day stated that

“Committee members [Charles] Arian, Marcia Marien and Joseph Sastre wrote that they did not believe [Vivian] Zoe [Slater Museum’s Director] “acted out of malice or for personal gain” but said the artists who did not get to display and offer their works for sale “have the right to feel aggrieved.”

Zoe could not be reached for comment. Meanwhile, the artists feel a sense of vindication.

You can read the full articles here and here.

Stay tuned as this story develops.