The first lawsuit I ever filed in my life was a lawsuit against the State of Florida for violating Florida’s Public Records law. That was around 1998. I won that lawsuit, it established a new precedent for the release of public records that were stored in an electronic format and I have been passionately devoted to Florida’s Public Records laws ever since.
And so, like many people around this state, I am utterly furious to know that Florida’s historically unpopular governor has flagrantly violated Florida’s cherished public records law when his administration allowed emails to be deleted. Calls for Rick Scott’s impeachment based on the violations of this law are not wild eyed hyperbole. Let me quote the law for you:
119.10″ƒViolation of chapter; penalties.””
And so it really is just that simple. Now we’re all going to be treated to techno babble over the coming months, Scott and his team will claim they did not know that emails were being deleted from the off site server, but entire email accounts do not just accidentally get deleted. The technology companies that are responsible for maintaining these records don’t just go about deleting accounts without specific direction from the client who owns the accounts and pays the bills.
Follow the facts and Read Florida’s Government In The Sunshine Law