Thursday, April 5, 2007

Newspaper Access to Prosecutors' Email?

A deputy prosecutor in Kootenai County (Idaho) is accused of harassing women. The Spokesman-Review wants to see his email messages to the women accusing him, but the prosecutor's office is fighting it. Meanwhile, the Idaho Supreme Court is considering the paper's lawsuit to obtain records in a similar case involving the same prosecutor's office. In that case, the county has settled (at taxpayer expense) a case alleging that the prosecutor harassed a juvenile drug court employee. The trial court said that the newspaper could see the emails but not the settlement, and both sides appealed. Judge: Prosecutor's e-mails are public, Spokesman Review, April 4, 2007.

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