Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Sarah Palin's e-mails
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.
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.
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.
Somebody misinterpreted Andree McLeod's point.
McLeod contended such use of private e-mails denies citizens the right to inspect public records.
Either public records are public and open to inspection or they're not. FOIA is FOIA and Sarah Palin appears to have attempted to circumvent it.
Using private e-mail accounts muddies the waters somewhat...