RGJ wins in email battle with ex-Governor Gibbons
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A judge has ordered Nevada's attorney general to provide the Reno Gazette-Journal with nearly 100 emails former Gov. Jim Gibbons wrote in 2008 when he was under attack both politically and personally.
At the time, Gibbons was going through an ugly divorce and fending off accusations he sexually assaulted a cocktail waitress. He claimed the emails were private.
Carson City District Judge James Russell originally ordered the release of only six of the 104 the newspaper requested under the state Public Record Act.
Nevada's Supreme Court ruled for the Gazette-Journal on appeal last year. Russell decided Wednesday none of the messages was privileged and all should be released.
RGJ lawyer Scott Glogovac says the precedent-setting case makes it clear government agencies must provide detailed support for keeping public records secret.
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com