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Judge calls records public, but sides with New Roads Mayor

2 years 1 month 1 week ago October 28, 2014 Oct 28, 2014 Tuesday, October 28 2014 October 28, 2014 5:47 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

NEW ROADS - A judge tossed out a public records lawsuit Tuesday against New Roads Mayor Robert Myer.

A resident in New Roads sued after she filed a records request to get Mayor Robert Myer's credit card invoices. The invoices total nearly $155,000 over the past three years, and the lawsuit claims Myers never turned them over.

"If all the expenses were legitimate what is there to hide?" asked Tiffany Foxworth, the plaintiff's attorney. "Why hire another city to circumvent and go around the process, fail to disclose the records? Why not just give them up? It seems a lot easier than going to court and wasting additional taxpayer money."

The mayor's attorney, Dennis Blunt, argued the request wasn't filed correctly, and for that reason the suit needed to be tossed.

"At the end of the day if you are going to make a public records request it has to be made to the records custodian," Blunt said.

Blunt believes the administration has always been transparent, and isn't hiding anything. Another request was made by Myer's election opponent, Cornell Dukes, who claims his request was also never delivered. Dukes showed up at city hall after the hearing, willing to pay whatever it cost for the records.

The WBRZ Investigative Unit also waited for six hours at city hall trying to review the records that Myer's attorney claimed were available.

"If anyone wants to review them, they are available," Blunt said.

After the long wait, no one was given access to the records. A worker in the Mayor's office told me after leaving they had sent WBRZ a written statement. Click here, if you'd like to read it. When asked if we could come back to review the records, we were told the Myer had left for the day.

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