Sacramento Bee fails to obtain attorney costs in freedom of information case against mayor

A California appeals court denied the Sacramento Bee’s bid for attorney fees in a public records tiff with Mayor Kevin Johnson over e-mails concerning his use of public time and resources with the National Conference of Black Mayors. Some of the e-mails sought were between the mayor and legal counsel, and although the mayor released some of those e-mails, the judge ruled that Johnson had a right to attorney-client privilege and was not compelled to make those e-mails public. (Courthouse News Service, July 25, 2018, by Nick McCann)

A superior court judge ruled in 2016 that Johnson must turn over the e-mails and that in some instances the e-mails did not convey legal advice. (Sacramento Bee, July 11, 2016, by Anita Chabria)

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