The Arizona Board of Regents filed a notice last week that it will appeal a February 26, 2018 Arizona trial court ruling in the University of Arizona’s ongoing fight against overly intrusive open records requests it received from the Energy & Environmental Legal Institute, a coal-funded group that disputes the scientific reality of climate change.
On September 14, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the trial court had erred in ignoring an Arizona statutory protection for university records. In this case, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute attempted to use open records laws to obtain a 13-year span of emails from two University of Arizona climate scientists, Malcolm Hughes and Jonathan Overpeck.
In January 2017, CSLDF filed a brief asking the federal District Court for the District of Columbia to protect National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate scientists. On August 21, the D.C. court upheld NOAA’s decision not to release its climate scientists’ research documents to the conservative group Judicial Watch.
On March 2, the California Supreme Court ruled that the emails and texts of public employees dealing with official business are to be considered a matter of public record even if they are sent from private devices or accounts. The case demonstrates the importance of not commingling personal and professional email accounts, understanding how open records laws may affect you, and knowing how to keep your private communications private.
Statement by Michael Halpern, Union Of Concerned Scientists Today, the Virginia Supreme Court rejected Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s Civil Investigative Demands (CID) — essentially subpoenas […]