Oral Arguments Heard Austin Texas Court of Appeals May 24, 2014

Stephanie Townsend Allala with attorney Bill Aleshire in Austin May 24, 2014

Stephanie Townsend Allala with attorney Bill Aleshire in Austin May 24, 2014

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┬áto 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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