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Think twice before deleting those texts, Fla elected officials



Orlando Sentinel:

Orange County leaders, including Mayor Teresa Jacobs, violated state law by deleting text messages about the paid-sick-time debate that clearly were public record, State Attorney Jeff Ashton said Wednesday, and should pay $500 civil fines.

Jacobs and Commissioners Scott Boyd, Fred Brummer, Jennifer Thompson and former Commissioner John Martinez each face the fines, which Ashton said could settle the issue. If they don't agree to pay, Ashton said he would file civil charges against them.

"All of the officials who deleted text messages related to this issue violated Florida law," Ashton wrote in a six-page summary of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation.

Ashton said criminal charges were not warranted because "there's no evidence that they deleted these knowing that they were public records." ...


[Last modified: Thursday, August 29, 2013 9:19am]


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