Private Email And Public Officials: What's A Public Doc?

Law360, New York (January 23, 2014, 1:36 AM EST) -- The "Bridgegate" scandal in New Jersey involving an investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures has included many instances of Gov. Chris Christie's top officials utilizing their own Gmail, Yahoo or other personal accounts to conduct official business. For public officials, governmental agencies and those seeking information from those entities under public records laws, the digital age has complicated the definition of what is considered to be a public document.

Public records laws govern how public officials’ documents and correspondence should be stored and released....
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