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Friday, July 25, 2008

An Interesting Case: Judicial E-Mail

West Virginians can read electronic mail exchanges between judges and private citizens even if the e-mails mix public and private business, The West Virginia Record argues in Kanawha Circuit Court.

The Record sought leave to file a brief July 24 as a "friend of the court" in a suit the Associated Press news service filed against state Court Administrator Steve Canterbury.

The AP wants Canterbury to produce e-mails between Chief Justice Spike Maynard of the Supreme Court of Appeals and Massey Energy president Don Blankenship.

Canterbury has resisted, claiming the e-mails contain private information exempting them from the state Freedom of Information Act.

More here.

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