Thursday, March 21, 2013
By Amita Sharma

A Santa Clara County judge has ordered officials in San Jose to make public their private emails and text messages about city business.

In recent years, civic activists and news reporters in the state have hit a snag when they’ve suspected they weren’t getting all of the government communication they’d asked for in public records act requests. That’s because officials at the state and local level figured out a strategy to avoid disclosing certain records and information, according to Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition.

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