Posted: Jan 13, 2011 11:59 AM by Russell Jones, Chris Nakamoto
BATON ROUGE – A judge has denied former ATC commissioner Murphy Painter access to the personal emails of a woman he’s accused of stalking.
Former ATC employee Kelli Suire filed a restraining order against Painter after his resignation last year. Today the judge said he would review the emails in question and determine which of them would be deemed “private”, and which, if any, would be released to Painter’s attorney.
Painter resigned as the state’s Alcohol and Tobacco Control commissioner last year. He’s also accused of performing thousands of illegal background checks through the statewide criminal database.
Painter’s attorney had argued the state did not give them all the emails they requested. Painter's attorney wanted sanctions brought against the Inspector General and the State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, where Suire currently works, for not complying.
Suire’s attorney argued the restraining order allowed them to exclude personal emails, and Suire testified she was worried the emails would reveal personal details such as where she lived to Painter.
Subsequently Suire's lawyer filed a contempt motion, concerned that asking for her client's personal emails violated the restraining order. A judge set a hearing on the contempt motion for February.