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Newspaper asks NV high court to release gov emails

SCOTT SONNER
Associated Press Writer

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Lawyers for a newspaper trying to get access to some of Gov. Jim Gibbons e-mails say the communication on his government computer and cell phone should be public information unless he can prove they were private or specifically exempt from public review.

Representing the Reno Gazette-Journal, Scott Glogovac also told the state Supreme Court Monday that the content of the message itself isn’t enough to determine if the information should be subject to public records laws.

He said the context also is important especially if the governor was contacting someone he denied knowing or communicating with.

Deputy Attorney General Jim Spencer disagrees. He said Carson City District Judge James Russell was within his authority to withhold most of the e-mails after reviewing them in private and determining they were not subject to public release.