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Monday, April 20, 2009

W. Va. Supreme Court to hear appeals in e-mail case involving a former chief justice

The West Virginia Supreme Court will consider the AP's appeal of a Kanawha County Circuit Court ruling that decided only five of 13 requested e-mails from former Chief Justice Elliot "Spike" Maynard would be released, the AP reported. Circuit Judge Duke Bloom had ruled that the e-mails were not released because they were not related to public business. A Supreme Court administrator is appealing this ruling and arguing that e-mail involving justices is exempt from FOIA.
The West Virginia Supreme Court unanimously agreed Thursday to consider The Associated Press' appeal of a ruling on whether the justices' e-mails are subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act.

The AP is appealing a Kanawha County Circuit Court ruling that released just five of 13 e-mails between former Chief Justice Elliot "Spike" Maynard and Massey Energy Chief Executive Don Blankenship.

The AP sought the e-mails after it came to light that Maynard and Blankenship vacationed together in Monaco when cases involving Massey Energy were heading to or pending with the court. Maynard lost his re-election bid last year.
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