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Ex-Attorney Loses Bid to See Legislator’s Records

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CN) - The Ohio Supreme Court denied a retired lawyer's request for access to a state legislator's e-mails, text messages and correspondence.

Jeffrey Glasgow sought a writ of mandamus for access to the correspondence of Rep. Shannon Jones, because he was concerned about the effects of Ohio House Bill 151 on his public-employee pension.

The bill would require public investors to divest holdings in companies that do certain business in Iran or Sudan.

The state Supreme Court ruled that Glasgow's request was overly broad.

Glasgow's merit brief focused on e-mails and text messages. Therefore, the justices disqualified correspondence. Text messages were also disqualified because "they do not document work-related matters."

Since Jones has already delivered the 26 e-mail messages pertaining to House Bill 151, the justices ruled that Glasgow's request is moot.

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