Here’s an update to a blog post I wrote last week about a Bexar county commissioner who is fighting to keep secret some messages from his personal email accounts that deal with the public’s business–A toll road project.
The San Antonio Express-News reports a Bexar County district judge ordered Tommy Adkisson to release the emails.
… but the legal battle is far from over.
Adkisson won’t turn over the emails while he appeals the ruling to a higher court in Austin. If he loses there, Adkisson said he would ask the Texas Supreme Court to review it.
The previous story, advancing the fact the case was going before the judge for a hearing, mentioned Adkisson had already spent $25,000 of his own money in the legal battle, trying to keep the records secret. In addition, this recent judge’s order “awarded more than $10,000 in attorney’s fees” to the Texas Attorney General’s office, the defendant in Adkisson’s case. If he actually takes the case to the Supreme Court successfully, his bill will increase exponentially.
Why does he want to do this? What’s in those emails that’s so important to keep secret?
The story seems to suggest Adkisson is fighting the open records law on philosophical grounds, but I find that hard to believe. The article also notes the Texas Supreme Court “hasn’t been particularly favorable to the AG in its recent open-records decisions.” I’ll be watching what happens with interest.