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Friday, August 10, 2007

Idaho Judge Mulls Release of Emails

"Second District Judge John Stegner took under advisement Thursday a decision whether to release several hundred pages of on-the-job e-mails, some with sexually explicit attachments, between former Kootenai County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Rick Baughman and three female co-workers. In a similar case, Stegner ruled in July 2005 that e-mail exchanges, using county computers, between Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas and Marina Kalani, who headed the county juvenile court drug program, were public records. The Idaho Supreme Court upheld Stegner’s ruling, and the Douglas-Kalani e-mails were released last month."

Idaho's Public Records Act is pretty lame compared to Washington's (although ours has some problems too).

As usual, the Spokesman-Review is fighting hard to get things that ought to be routinely turned over. Good for them. It takes gumption--and money--to get public records nowadays.