A Maricopa County Superior Court judge will consider more inspections of an Arizona Corporation Commissioner’s state-owned cell phone via use of a different forensic software, The Arizona Republic reported March 8.
Reporter Ryan Randazzo reported that an attorney for a clean-energy group called Checks and Balances asked Judge Randall Warner to allow use of the software. According to the story, the request was to learn whether Commissioner Bob Stump was circumventing public records laws by communicating commission business via text message instead of more accessible email.
Other software was employed by another judge, appointed as a “special master” to examine Stump’s cell phone messages, Randazzo reported, but that judge found nothing among them constituted public records.
Randazzo quoted Checks and Balances attorney Dan Barr — who in an unrelated capacity is counsel for the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona — as saying that many Arizona government officials are using text messages instead of email.