I wrote about the actual result here and my analysis of the background report is here. It's worth revisiting a few issues while highlighting a big new one.
Let's recall that the membership of the hearing committee was hand picked by the Deputy Chief Exec in consultation with the Chair of the full Standards Committee, which is not normally how things are done. The Committee was comprised of two Labour members (one of whom, Cllr Toby Neal,
The big news here is that two of the independent members voted against letting Grocock off, so the decision was carried by the two Labour members and the Chair of the hearing committee, giving a majority of one. That's democracy for you.
So, despite all of JoCo's public blustering that all of the recommendations of the Public Interest Report were accepted we now in fact have another rejection of one of its key findings. To read about the first one see my post from March 2009. And of course nobody has been held to account and no properties have been recovered.