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George granted e-mail restraining order

By Regina Wright 340-2439

District 4 Commissioner Stacy George will get his day in court as he continues an ongoing quest to see electronic public records on a Morgan County computer server.

Circuit Judge Steven E. Haddock gave George a temporary restraining order Wednesday. It keeps Morgan County Commission Chairman John Glasscock, District 2 Commissioner Jeff Clark and David Hannah, data processing manager and custodian of records, "from causing or allowing" the destruction of any electronic records under their individual or joint control that were "created, generated, sent, communicated, received or stored electronically by employees of the Morgan County Commission."

Haddock set a hearing on George's request for the restraining order for March 16 at 9 a.m.

Haddock will decide after the hearing if he will grant George's request permanently.

George says the three men kept him from seeing electronic public records.

The judge denied George's first petition. Haddock said George's lawyer did not file it correctly.

After the lawyer amended the petition, Haddock said he would rule if George posted a $4,500 bond as a private citizen. George paid $4,500 cash Tuesday to Circuit Clerk John Pat Orr.

Wednesday, Haddock signed the temporary restraining order.

Haddock required the bond to cover damages and attorney fees if any defendant were wrongly restrained.

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