Court: Ritter phone bill not public
DENVER, Colorado – The state Court of Appeals says Gov. Bill Ritter doesn’t have to release bills from his private cell phone bills even though he uses it to make most of his official calls.
The court ruled Thursday that the bills don’t have be released because call logs on the bills have been produced and because Ritter pays for the phone. He has another phone paid for by the state that’s used mostly for e-mail.
Chief appeals court Judge Janice Davidson said that if the possibility of some future official use made a private document public, then almost any document kept by a public official could be subject to Colorado’s open-records law.
The Denver Post sued to get the bills, arguing they would reveal information about the workings of state government. The newspaper could appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.
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