February 17, 2010

Then why didn't Leah Vukmir just deny it?

What's known in the trade as "blowing smoke":
A nonpartisan legislative attorney said the request could be denied for being too broad in scope. — Agent MacGyver
An intriguing narrative from Cory Liebmann.

"At some point, an overly broad request becomes sufficiently excessive to warrant rejection pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 19.35(1)(h)." State ex rel. Gehl v. Connors, 2007 WI App 238, ¶ 24.

Given David J. Gehl's extraordinary series of increasingly sweeping open records requests, it's difficult to conceive of Mr. Liebmann's request as having attained anything even approaching that point.


John Foust said...

There are some gotchas that make these Capitol open records requests interesting. The Capitol staff and the elected use Outlook. The three computers in question would need to be searched. Each keyword would need to be typed (copy-and-pasted, perhaps) into the 'Find' spot, and the resulting emails either printed or save as '.eml' files (with a quick drag of the subject line to a folder window). Each resulting email would need to be examined for possible redaction.

The gotchas? Staffers are free to delete emails. They generally don't keep emails very long. Even if they deleted something and they wanted to get it back, the Capitol IT staff only keeps backup tapes for 30 days. Our elected believe they are special and they do not follow the AG's guidelines on records retention.

I'm still waiting for Wigderson to explain why his First Amendment rights are endangered because of Cory's request.

Whoops. I just posted a similar response at Cory's window.

illusory tenant said...

Build it, and they will game it (Hasbro's Corollary).