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TorchTheWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-23-03 04:45 PM
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5. that's not the issue
Will it become mandatory for state's to open sealed records of people running for higher office? Isn't this stepping on state's rights?

That's not the issue. The issue is that the reason that Dean sealed the records by invoking executive privilege is invalid according to Vermont law.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/cases/107/deancomp.htm
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This action seeks Defendants' compliance with the Vermont Access to Public Records Act, 1 V.S.A. 315 to 320. Defendants have steadfastly refused to disclose hundreds of thousands of pages of public records and papers of former Vermont Governor and current United States presidential candidate, Dr. Howard Dean, based solely on an unsupported, blanket claim of "executive privilege" as memorialized in a "Memorandum of Understanding" that Dr. Dean negotiated with the other Defendants. However, some five months before officially announcing his candidacy for president, Dr. Dean acknowledged (on Vermont Public Radio) that this secrecy is motivated by "future political considerations" and the desire to prevent "anything embarrassing appearing in the papers at a critical time in any future endeavor." This is not a legitimate basis for refusing to release public documents.

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Vermont's Access to Public Records Act declares: "Officers of government are trustees and servants of the people and it is in the public interest to enable any person to review and criticize their decisions even though such examination may cause inconvenience or embarrassment." 1 V.S.A. 315. The Act permits "ny person" to "inspect or copy any public record or document...." 1 V.S.A. 316.

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There is no Vermont statute or other law that authorizes a governor (or anyone else, for that matter) to enter into a "Memorandum of Understanding" as a means of preventing public review of a governor's official correspondence.
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  -Vermont to fight effort to force Dean to unseal papers Karmadillo  Dec-23-03 04:13 PM   #0 
  - I don't really think that the issue  jmaier   Dec-23-03 04:14 PM   #1 
  - So if Bush opens his, Dean will too. That's a fair trade.  denverbill   Dec-23-03 04:51 PM   #6 
     - So Cheney's Energy Meetings W/Enron Executives Can't Be An Issue W/Dean  cryingshame   Dec-23-03 04:57 PM   #8 
        - When the Vermont legislature subpoenas them, OK.  denverbill   Dec-23-03 05:26 PM   #10 
  - Hum.  cavebat2000   Dec-23-03 04:15 PM   #2 
  - It's amazing that the 'liberal' media never made this an issue for *.  denverbill   Dec-23-03 04:53 PM   #7 
  - an Eye towards precedent  LuminousX   Dec-23-03 04:15 PM   #3 
  - States Rights?  impeach the gop   Dec-23-03 04:20 PM   #4 
  - that's not the issue  TorchTheWitch   Dec-23-03 04:45 PM   #5 
     - Then the judge has a clear ruling to make...  LuminousX   Dec-23-03 08:24 PM   #12 
     - couple of points  TorchTheWitch   Dec-24-03 01:46 AM   #24 
     - Wow, isn't JudicialWatch that good old repug Klayman's outfit?  Scott Lee   Dec-23-03 09:40 PM   #15 
        - good grief  TorchTheWitch   Dec-24-03 12:54 AM   #19 
  - I'm Howard Dean, leader of the right-wing Democratic Party...  readmylips   Dec-23-03 05:16 PM   #9 
  - You've got Dean mixed up with Lieberman  Scott Lee   Dec-23-03 09:37 PM   #14 
  - I'm shocked I tell you  retyred   Dec-23-03 06:51 PM   #11 
  - Yes, this is more of the same  jumptheshadow   Dec-23-03 10:42 PM   #18 
     - "Dean is just another politician"  NewYorkerfromMass   Dec-24-03 09:26 AM   #25 
  - Isn't Sorrell Dean's long-time buddy?  AP   Dec-23-03 09:35 PM   #13 
  - Yes, but he was elected  party_line   Dec-23-03 10:14 PM   #16 
  - Which ones doesn't he control and why?  AP   Dec-23-03 10:22 PM   #17 
  - What "deal with Enron"?  KaraokeKarlton   Dec-24-03 01:42 AM   #23 
  - Uncontested in 1997  sandnsea   Dec-24-03 01:30 AM   #22 
  - Sorrell's mother got Dean into politics  sandnsea   Dec-24-03 01:28 AM   #21 
  - If I'm supposed to trust Dean...  amyforclark04   Dec-24-03 01:18 AM   #20 
 

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