The liberties of people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
– Patrick Henry
Ally Miller, a local County Supervisor with a penchant for sluicing her official email through a personal email account, has a powerful new friend in high places. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has declared, in a Legal Opinion, that messages sent or received through a private email account, messenger service, or social network are not public records. Brnovich did not mention his ongoing investigation into Miller’s emails. Nonetheless, if the investigation reflects his Legal Opinion, then Miller is largely off the hook – along with every public employee in Arizona who wants to hide his or her official communications. Brnovich has given every unscrupulous public official a blank check to draw on the Bank of Chicanery and knee-capped Arizona’s Public Records Law.