In victory for Tribune, judge rules that Emanuel broke law in withholding emails
A Cook County judge has found that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his office violated state law by withholding for nearly a year and a half emails sent and received on his personal cellphones that related to city business, including emails about the scandal-plagued red light camera program.
Judge Kathleen Pantle agreed with the Chicago Tribune that Emanuel and his office violated the state’s open records act by belatedly releasing the emails, handing the newspaper a victory in its ongoing court battle over the mayor’s use of personal devices and accounts to conduct the public’s business.
In addition, the judge opened the door to having Emanuel testify about whether he and his office failed to preserve texts and emails on his personal phones and accounts in violation of another state law relating to the preservation of government records.
Pantle, however, was not ready to find that Emanuel also broke the Local Records Act. She noted that the Tribune is allowed to pursue through court discovery whether Emanuel and his office “allowed public records to be destroyed when the texts and emails were deleted” including deposing “the Mayor or any other witness with personal knowledge on this subject.”eridani, Pam, 3FingerBrown and 7 othersNV Wino, Pastiche, PADemD, iggy, Dragon Turtle, Doremus Jessup, Coldmountaintrail like this(~_^) and this o (~_~) o (#~_~) o and (^~^)3 this (o_o) this (6_6) (O_O) and (*_*) (*_o) (o*o)
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