Judge rules for Auditor Galloway in open records lawsuit

6 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Monday, January 28 2019 Jan 28, 2019 Monday, January 28, 2019 5:20:00 PM CST January 28, 2019 in Top Stories
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A judge ruled that Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway did not violate the state's open records law after a conservative nonprofit sought records from an audit of the Department of Revenue.

The Missouri Alliance for Freedom sued Galloway in May 2017, accusing her of not releasing all the records required under the Sunshine Law.

Galloway's attorney noted during a trial in August that her office turned over screenshots of some text messages, along with 45,000 pages of other communications.

A central issue was the auditor's office use of iPhones that automatically erase messages after 30 days. The Missouri Alliance for Freedom said that policy violated the office's procedures for preserving records.

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem ruled Monday that the organization hadn't proven the auditor's office either intentionally or mistakenly violated the Sunshine Law.

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