Court rules public business on prosecutor’s private phone is still public

Submitted by LDieringer on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:31am

Call records and text messages from Pierce County (WA) Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’s personal mobile phone aren’t private if they’re related to public business.

The idea drives a unanimous ruling issued Tuesday by the Washington State Court of Appeals. “That such government-business-related text messages were contained on a personal cellular phone is irrelevant,” states the ruling, authored by Judge J. Robin Hunt.

The decision adds new reasoning to a growing list of cases that address government officials’ use of private devices to conduct public business, and the implications for the public’s right to know. Continue>>>