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George to revise e-mail petition

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com· 340-2437

Morgan County presiding Circuit Judge Steve Haddock denied a request for a temporary restraining order for a county commissioner who is seeking public records.

Haddock gave District 4 Commissioner Stacy George 14 days for his attorney to re-word the petition, which the judge said did not comply with minimum requirements for filing a lawsuit, and to file an amendment to bring his petition into compliance.

George filed the petition last week against Chairman John Glasscock, District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark and Data Processing manager David Hannah. Also, he listed all elected officials and employees of Morgan County.

Haddock states in his ruling that there is no provision under state law to file a lawsuit against unspecified defendants.

In addition, he said, a lawsuit may not be filed that does not clearly state alleged civil wrongdoing of a defendant.

George said his attorney Hubert Porter will file an amendment.

“We are going to amend it, but we are not going to compromise on what we are seeking in public records,” George said.

Porter filed the petition last week after Clark and Hannah denied him access to the
county’s e-mail server two weeks ago.

George said Glasscock, as chairman, is in charge of the records and failed to intervene.

George is attempting to view e-mails on the server because the County Commission majority ignored his request in December to have a computer specialist spend two additional days searching the server for inappropriate e-mails.

The commission majority ended the e-mail probe Dec. 28.

The commission started the investigation of inappropriate e-mails in November.

An e-mail showing naked women, which the county’s
ex-human resources director sent to Glasscock, started the probe
.

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