N.C. Court of Appeals Grants Stays in McCrory Public Records Lawsuit | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Thursday, June 16, 2016

N.C. Court of Appeals Grants Stays in McCrory Public Records Lawsuit

Posted by on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

mccrory.jpg

The attorneys representing Governor McCrory and his administration have done everything in their power to keep communications officials from providing testimony in an ongoing public records lawsuit and last week, the North Carolina Court of Appeals threw them a bone. 

By granting McCrory's counsel both a temporary stay and a stay pending appeal, the Court of Appeals' decision effectively puts everything at the trial court level on hold, "including the elusive public information officers' depositions while the appeal is pending," wrote Mike Tadych, the attorney for a coalition of media outlets (including the INDY) and nonprofits suing the Governor and his cabinet for violating North Carolina's public records law. 

"The Governor’s counsel has taken the position that the sole remedy under the Public Records Law is to compel the production of the public record," Tadych wrote in an email. "They contend there is no more relief available if the record is produced." 

"Somewhat obviously, we contend otherwise given the broad interpretation of the Public Records Law in the past, the public policy behind its enactment and the practical reality that defendants could always avoid consequences if they produced records immediately after suit was brought in order to avoid a court’s consideration of what happened in the space between making a public records request and its fulfillment."

Translation: Roy Cooper will be elected governor before the McCrory administration admits it has done a terrible job of responding to public requests "as promptly as possible," and taking measures to set that right.

For the record, the INDY  is awaiting records of all communications between Governor McCrory and Heather Dickson, former chief of staff to the First Lady, as well as between McCrory and his scheduling director, Meredith McCullen.

Perhaps you can guess why we've requested these records, and we'll certainly let you know when we've received them.

Tags: , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

It would have better served the community to televise the debate on one of the local news channels. Many of …

by K. K. on Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday (News)

According to this reporting, Mayor Bell seems to be endorsing Ali primarily to keep Steve Schewel on the Council because …

by Linda Belans on Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham (News)

Most Recent Comments

It would have better served the community to televise the debate on one of the local news channels. Many of …

by K. K. on Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday (News)

According to this reporting, Mayor Bell seems to be endorsing Ali primarily to keep Steve Schewel on the Council because …

by Linda Belans on Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham (News)

So I guess the only question open in this election is:
Who, if anyone, does Pierce Freelon endorse?
(As …

by JoeJoey on Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham (News)

Yes, I really hope this is put on YouTube or something. It would maximize voter reach, especially as there are …

by JohnnyDollar on Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday (News)

We are lucky to have had such a primary field of bright, excellent, visionary candidates for Mayor of Durham, and …

by Sam M-B on Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham (News)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation