Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., filed an action to compel two months worth of emails from Griffis's county computer. They claimed that Griffis signed a disclosure acknowledging that all county equipment prepared messages were not subject to privacy. 730 emails were produced and Griffis appealed to prevent the release of 90 more.
After setting aside as not applicable the "public records" and "other matters" exceptions to disclosure under A.R.S. § 39 121, the Division Two Court of Appeals of Arizona held that public access does not apply to "private records...that have no relation to the agency's activities," which was the determined case with the 90 in question. It was rioted that previous holdings did not determine statutory disclosure by physical location or public employee status. One applicable email was ordered produced because it contained county related materials not personal in nature. See: Griffis v. Pinal County, 141 P.3d 780, 483 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 20 (Ariz. App. 2006).
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Griffis v. Pinal County
|Cite||141 P3d 780, 483 Ariz Adv Rep 20 (AZ App. 2006)|
|Level||State Court of Appeals|