Virginia Judge sides with open government advocate in suit against Hopewell City Council

Hopewell’s City Council erred last January in discussing electing its leadership behind closed doors, a Circuit Court judge has ruled in what open-government advocates believe to be the first legal test of its kind.

Judge W. Allan Sharrett sided with Hopewell resident Janice Denton, whose initial complaint that the meeting violated the state’s Freedom of Information Act was dismissed by a lower court last February.  Continue..