Texts count as public records, judge rules

The city must preserve text messages sent and received in the course of public business as public records under the state Freedom of Information Act, a judge has ruled.

Circuit Judge Jack Doyle made the decision in a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia. The order was signed and entered Thursday.

PETA sued the city in January 2014 after it unsuccessfully sought text messages to and from City Council members. The city maintains it did not violate public records law, spokeswoman Lori Crouch said. Continue>>>