Written by administrator on June 20th, 2011
State Supreme Court rejects Post’s bid for Ritter phone records
News from Denver Post:
The Colorado Supreme Court today rejected The Denver Post’s attempt to obtain cellphone records from former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter that would show the vast majority of official calls Ritter made while in office.
The court concluded that the cellphone records are not public documents because they detail calls Ritter made on his private cellphone, which he paid for out of his own pocket. Because the cellphone company actually compiled the bills and because Ritter said he kept the bills only for payment purposes, the court ruled the records fall outside of Colorado open-records law.
“Whether or not disclosure of the Governor’s personal cell phone bills might be desirable as a matter of public policy,” the court wrote in its ruling, “the complaint simply fails to state a claims that is cognizable under the current governing statutes.”
The ruling likely brings an end to a years-long legal fight over the former governor’s phone records.
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No Cell Phone While Driving Now Official; Other Laws Approved
News from FoxReno.com:
Nevadans will be barred from texting while driving, allowed to order food in smoking bars, and spared from a hike in their utility bills after Gov. Brian Sandoval finished processing bills from the 2011 legislative session.The Republican governor on Friday signed 79 new laws, vetoed nine and is allowing one to become law without his signature as he wrapped up his work by the constitutional deadline of 10 days after the session adjourns.A new ban on cellphone use and texting while driving brings Nevada in line with the majority of other U.S. states that restrict phones behind the wheel. It makes exceptions for people talking on their phone with a hands-free device.A fine and penalty structure kicks in Jan. 1, 2012, but police officers will start giving warnings to drivers starting in October.Violating the law is a misdemeanor and subject to a $ 50 fine for the first offense, while a person convicted of a third or subsequent offense within seven years will have their driver’s license susp…………… continues on FoxReno.com
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