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Judge orders W.Va. AG Morrisey to release correspondence with pharma industry, other records

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kanawha County Circuit judge ordered Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to immediately begin responding to a one-year-old public records request and scolded him for a “blatant disregard” of state public records laws.

In a ruling Monday, Judge Carrie Webster sided with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in its lawsuit against Morrisey for failing to furnish records requested on Oct. 17, 2017, related to his office’s communications with opioid manufacturers, its use of state vehicles, use of state settlement funds, travel records, and communications with other state attorneys general.

“The fact that those, a year after they’ve been sought, have still not been fully responded to, is evidence and proof of the blatant disregard of the West Virginia Attorney General as a custodian of records obligations and duties under [the Freedom of Information Act],” she said.

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