Published today in the Indianapolis Star, by Fatima Hussein.
Vice President Mike Pence continues his fight to keep an email that he received as Governor of Indiana out of the public eye. A FOIA request dating to 2014 requests the contents of an email that may divulge the Republican Party’s strategies for methods that were proposed in fighting President Obama’s immigration policies. The battle is now before the Indiana Supreme Court.
It is thought that if this case is taken by the Indiana Supreme Court it may redefine the bounds of open public communication with the Governor’s office.
The FOIA request was originated by Indianapolis attorney asking for information about the Governor seeking outside council. The Governor produced the requested documents, but they were heavily redacted. One document, the “white paper” on the Republican Party’s immigration strategy was not included.
Governor Pence successfully won in the court case seeking the document in question, saying the redaction was legal and proper. William Groth, the attorney seeking the documents, is appealing to the Supreme Court with a claim that the lower court erred in its ruling when it determined that the white paper was “deliberative material preparing for deliberation.”
I will leave it to the legal minds here to discuss this, as I know little about FOIA requests and what is redactable and what is not releasable.