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Judge Throws Out McLeod’s Email Case Against the Governor

August 12, 2009

Today, Judge Jack Smith of the Superior Court of Anchorage ruled that one Andree McLeod’s lawsuit regarding the former Governor’s use of private email accounts in the course of her duties was legal.  Fox News has it here:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/12/judge-rules-favor-palin-e-mail-case/?test=latestnews.

Here is the report from Fox News:

A judge has ruled that the Alaska governor’s office can use private e-mail accounts to conduct state business, as former Gov. Sarah Palin sometimes did.

State lawyers argued that McLeod misinterpreted current state law. And if the practice is to be changed, lawyers said it was up to Alaska lawmakers do it.

Superior Court Judge Jack W. Smith said in his ruling Wednesday that there is no provision in Alaska state law that prohibits the use of private e-mail accounts when conducting state business.

The case stemmed from a lawsuit filed by Anchorage resident Andree McLeod.

McLeod contended such use of private e-mails denies citizens the right to inspect public records.

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