Raymundo Eli Rojas writes:
Oral Arguments were heard today in Austin. Bill Aleshire, the best open records attorney in Texas, was the star: The court was skeptical of the city’s argument that they have no right to retrieve government records.
Stephanie Townsend Allala reports from Austin that oral arguments before the Texas Court of Appeals have gone well, with her attorney Bill Aleshire representing her in the open records case with the City of El Paso as their opponent. One of the justices is quoted as having referred to Steve Ortega as “recalcitrant.” The City of El Paso, following bad advice from both internal and external lawyers, has already spent about $100K to keep from complying with open records laws. I think this case is a piece of cake for Bill Aleshire, whom she had not met in person until today. See the cake from STA’s fundraising reception last Tuesday. Also seen is her award for her advocacy for open records and government transparency presented by “The Show” with Hector & Abel on FOX 1150.
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Stephanie Townsend Allala writes:
It appears the El Paso City Attorney has never shared with the Council and Mayor the settlement offer given last August by my attorney, Bill Aleshire. Some sworn statements and a few depositions about the process the city uses to collect Public Records, and the lawsuit is over. The city has already wasted $95,000 of our treasure fighting to hide Public Records. Please call the Mayor, City Representatives, and come to City Council every Tuesday until they agree to this most basic step. If we cannot access these government records, then we are powerless against corruption. Empower El Paso and please make those calls!!!
Bill Aleshire writes:
Steph, below is the “clarification” of the AG’s position on appeal. You may share this with anyone you so desire. Also, attached is the settlement offer we made to the City that they get sworn affidavits from the city officials that they have turned over the requested records and to pay about $2,000 in attorney fees.
Seeing the Council discussion yesterday, really makes me wonder if the Council has ever seen the information below and attached to this email.