INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The Indiana Supreme Court is denying a request from an attorney who wanted
his public records case against Vice President Mike Pence to be given a
fresh look amid revelations that the former Republican governor used a
private AOL email account to conduct state business.
The court’s ruling
effectively ends the two-year effort by Indianapolis attorney William Groth,
a Democrat, for documents and emails from Pence’s tenure as governor, his
lawyer Gregory Bowes said Monday.
sued after Pence refused to release a document attached to an email from
Texas Republicans, which outlined a legal strategy for challenging
then-President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration.
A lower court sided
with Pence, as did Indiana’s Court of Appeals. That led Groth to appeal to
the Indiana Supreme Court.
But once Pence’s
use of a private AOL email account was revealed, Groth asked to have the
case sent back to a lower court to see if additional emails had been
withheld from him.
The state’s highest
court denied both requests in a unanimous opinion issued Thursday.
Pence took office
as governor in 2012. During that time his administration repeatedly delayed
or denied the release of records that could shed light on his tenure.
stand in stark contrast to the image he had previously sought to cultivate.
He has long presented himself as a champion of a free press and the First
Marc Lotter said in a statement that the court’s decision reaffirms
“then-Governor Mike Pence acted in compliance with Indiana law.”