- Metadata in an email or other electronic document is a "public record" subject to disclosure.
- A print-out of the email is not sufficient if metadata is requested.
- An agency may not delete emails that have been requested; the electronic version of the email must be preserved and provided.
It was a 5-4 decision. The justices ruling in favor of disclosure were: Owens, Fairhurst, Sanders, Stephens, and Chambers.
A dissent argued that the agency examining an agency employee's home computer for public records is potentially an unlawful "search." The dissenting justices were: Alexander, Chief Justice Madsen, C. Johnson, and J. Johnson.
The Attorney General filed a "friend of the court" brief arguing against disclosure.