Progressive group sues Schuette for e-mails

gavelA left-leaning group has filed a lawsuit to find out how often Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and his aides used private e-mail accounts to discuss public business.

The group Progress Michigan filed the lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims. That’s after the Republican attorney general refused a request for private e-mails, saying the messages don’t exist. But Progress Michigan says it has two dozen such messages in hand that it acquired through other channels.

Sam Inglot of Progress Michigan says public officials can’t use private accounts to skirt the Freedom of Information Act.

“If they’re going to do that, they’ve essentially a public document.”

Schuette’s press secretary says the lawsuit is being reviewed.