Blanchard Ruling 

The Maine House Ethics Committee has partially cleared an Old Town lawmaker of any wrong doing.On Tuesday, the committee convened for five hours, hearing contradictory versions of the conduct of Representative Richard Blanchard.He was involved in a fourth of July fireworks incident at his lakeside camp in Enfield.At issue were his actions after two fire marshals and a game warden showed up after fireworks were set off. And whether he abused his position by attempting to influence or intimidate wardens. Authorities claimed Blanchard poked an officer in the chest.They also testified Blanchard was drunk.Blanchard denied the accusations.On Tuesday, the committee decided unanimously that it did not have substantial proof that Rep. Blanchard violated legislative ethics statues, but that he did violate the legislative code of ethics.The committee is made up of four Republicans and four Democrats.