Well what do we have here? Hypocrisy, that’s what.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence is seeking to keep the contents private of an email in which Pence’s administration communicated with a private law firm to help with the state government’s lawsuit against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform.
An Indiana court sided with the Pence administration in April, which argued that the contents of the email were protected by the state’s Access to Public Records Act. A media professor told The Indianapolis Star that the court was essentially ridding itself of its duty to check another branch of government. But the decision is being appealed, and a court date is set for later this month.
From The Indianapolis Star:
But legal experts fear the stakes may be much higher than mere politics because the decision could remove a judicial branch check on executive power and limit a citizen’s right to know what the government is doing and how it spends taxpayer dollars.
“It comes down to this — the court is giving up its ability to check another branch of government, and that should worry people,” said Gerry Lanosga, an Indiana University media professor specializing in public records law.
We can only image what the emails contain at this point, but it is essential for transparency that they be released. It’s only fair.