Pence Argues Email Privacy Ruling Should Apply To Him, TooHayleigh Colombo , IBJ StaffGov. Mike Pence is using a recent Indiana Supreme Court decision to argue that he should not be required to release documents that have been deemed by law to be public records.The Indiana Supreme Court ruled April 19 that it won’t compel lawmakers to release their emails to the public, even though it said the Access to Public Records Act applies to the General Assembly. The court said the separation of powers in the Indiana Constitution means the courts should not tread on lawmakers’ turf.Now, Pence wants that same logic applied to him.Indianapolis attorney William Groth sued Pence last year over documents relating to the Republican governor’s lawsuit related to illegal immigration. Pence was seeking to overturn an executive order by President Obama that deferred removal of about 4 million illegal immigrants. Seventeen other states also sued.Groth asked a court to decide whether Pence’s heavy redaction and denial of those records was permissible under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act.But Pence’s lawyers said last week the court should “decline to interfere in the executive’s internal operations” as it did with the Legislature in the recent case, Citizens Action Coalition of Ind. vs Koch.“Just as the judiciary should not ‘intermeddle’ with the legislature’s determination of what constitutes its own work product, the judiciary should also not ‘intermeddle’ with the executive’s determination of what constitutes its own work product, deliberative material, or privileged material,” according to the filing submitted by Barnes & Thornburg LLP, which is representing the Governor’s Office.Groth said his lawyer informed him that the lawsuit was dismissed Friday by the Marion Superior Court. He said the dismissal did not mention the Koch case, so he can’t be sure if Pence’s argument clinched the decision, but that he will likely appeal.Pence’s lawyers filed their argument in the case on April 22, three days after the Supreme Court ruled in the Koch case.In the Koch case, Citizens Action Coalition and two other groups the tried to get access to emails between utility companies and Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, who is chairman of the House Energy Committee. The Supreme Court found that determining whether those documents counted under the APRA as legislative work is a “non-justiciable question,” meaning a matter it cannot adjudicate.In the immigration case, Groth requested the contract the governor entered into with Barnes & Thornburg, who sued for the state instead of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, as well as copies of firm’s invoices. He also sought emails between the Texas Attorney General, who led the suit, and Pence’s office.But the documents Groth received back were “heavily redacted,” he said, so he complained to the Public Access Counselor and ultimately filed the suit.Public access advocates say their fears about the recent Indiana Supreme Court decision are already coming true.Kerwin Olson, executive director of the Citizens Action Coalition, said he was worried the Supreme Court case would have negative, far-reaching implications, and this appears to be one of them.“The Pence administration is already citing Koch as an additional authority to deny releasing government documents,” Olson said. “It’s quite astonishing and troubling. It further shuts the door to accountability and transparency in government when we should be going the opposite direction.”The Pence administration declined to comment on the case because it involved “ongoing litigation.”Groth said the governor’s assertion in the case is ironic given his recent veto of a bill involving the transparency of private university police departments.Pence said at the time that “limiting access to police records in a situation where private university police departments perform a government function is a disservice to the public and an unnecessary barrier to transparency.”“Less than a month later, he’s seeking to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s ruling to argue that he too should be exempt from complying with open government requirements,” Groth said.Steve Key, executive director of the Hoosier State Press Association, said the implications of Pence’s request are troubling.“If the judiciary takes this position, it would eviscerate the Access to Public Records Act because every agency would argue that a judge shouldn’t judge whether a document should be released under an APRA request if the agency’s position is that the record is part of its internal operations,” Key said. “The public’s ability to hold government officials accountable would be greatly hamstrung by such a policy.”inShareFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
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Viola Davis, the popular actress, producer, director, activist, businesswoman, and philanthropist, has been named the 2017 Artist of the Year. She will be awarded the Harvard Foundation’s arts medal at a ceremony on March 4 during the 32nd annual Cultural Rhythms Festival in Memorial Hall’s Sanders Theatre.“The students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation are delighted to present the acclaimed television and film artist Viola Davis with the 2017 Artist of the Year award,” said S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation. “Our student committee praised her outstanding contributions to American and international film and theater. She recently received the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and British Academy of Films and Television Arts awards, as well as an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s play ‘Fences.’”Davis co-starred in the play’s 2010 Broadway revival opposite Denzel Washington, who also joined her in the film adaptation. Her performance earned her a Tony Award, as well as the Drama Critic’s Circle Award, Outer Critic’s Circle Award, and Drama Desk Award.On television, Davis currently stars on “How to Get Away with Murder,” for which she received the 2014 and 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series. In 2015, she also won an Emmy in the same category, becoming the first African-American to do so.Born in St. Matthews, S.C., Davis grew up in Central Falls, R.I., and has remained active in the community there, raising money for the town’s library and Central Falls High School. She and her husband, Julius Tennon, founded a multiethnic film, television, and theater production company, JuVee Productions, in 2012. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Davis received an honorary doctorate during its 109th Commencement ceremony. She also holds an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from her alma mater, Rhode Island College.The Harvard Foundation, the University’s center for intercultural initiatives, honors the nation’s most acclaimed artists and scientists each year. Previous Harvard Foundation awards have been presented to distinguished artists including Shakira, LL Cool J, Quincy Jones, Queen Latifa, Sharon Stone, Andy Garcia, Will Smith, Matt Damon, Halle Berry, Jackie Chan, Denzel Washington, Salma Hayek, Wyclef Jean, Eva Longoria, and Lucy Liu.The Artist of the Year award will be presented during the 32nd annual Harvard Cultural Rhythms Festival. The program begins at 4 p.m. on March 4 at Sanders Theatre. For ticket information visit the Harvard Foundation website.
Aladdin stars Adam Jacobs and Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart stopped by The View on December 9 to chat about the upcoming Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years. The ABC special, which airs on December 14, features behind-the-scenes glimpses of all of the Mouse’s hits, from Beauty and the Beast to Aladdin and appearances by Darren Criss, Toni Braxton, Elton John and more. And, being the song-and-dance men that they are, the Broadway duo took us to Agrabah with a medley of hits from Disney’s latest tuner. Check it out below! View Comments Aladdin Adam Jacobs Star Files from $57.50 Related Shows James Monroe Iglehart
Having joined the Jakarta firefighter squad in 2004 right after graduating high school, Jumadi, 34, said fires no longer intimidated him. To him, stepping into a life-threatening situation to save people’s lives is a noble job he wants to keep doing as long as he can. “Thank God, I have never been badly hurt in fire operations. But I lost my colleague and best friend to a fire,” he said.The father of three recalled spending downtime at home playing volleyball when a fire broke out in a densely populated neighborhood of Jembatan Besi in Tambora, West Jakarta on one afternoon in December 2009.He later received a call at 11 p.m. that day informing him that three firefighters on his squad were trapped inside a blazing semi-permanent building in a narrow alley after the roof caved in.He went to the hospital in the middle of the night only to find th… Google Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin #Jakarta firefighters #firefighter Jakarta-Fire-and-Rescue-Agency Jakarta-fire robots #robot Log in with your social account Topics : Facebook