Orange County ‘textgate’ crowd got off easy for destroying records

From Orlando Sentinel: My dad used to say, "Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law."

Dad never lived in Florida.

Here, authorities say Orange County commissioners broke the law many times over — but got off with a slap on the wrist — all because they claimed they didn't know they were doing wrong.

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Perhaps you think I'm being simplistic. But look at the logic these guys used to claim ignorance:

They knew that correspondence in every fashion — from snail mail to email — was a public record that they couldn't legally destroy or delete. But somehow, they were clueless about text messages.

Anybody who knows anything about public records (and supposedly, these guys do) knows that any form of communication can be a public record.

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