Texas News Site Wins Appeal, Release Of Austin City Emails

By Michelle Casady (April 8, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT) -- In a case of first impression, a Texas appellate court on Friday held that Austin city officials were wrong to redact their personal email addresses in documents released in response to an open records request by the Austin Bulldog news website.

The state's Third Judicial District Court of Appeals held that the elected officials had incorrectly interpreted an exception to disclosure in the Public Information Act that "an email address of a member of the public" can be redacted. Although the elected officials in a general context are members of the public, the court wrote in its opinion on Friday that...

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