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First look: Travis County sues over emails sought by Laura Pressley


Travis County is suing the state attorney general’s office to block the release of records sought by former Austin City Council candidate Laura Pressley, who is involved in long-running litigation over her 2014 loss to District 4 Council Member Greg Casar.

The records request is part of Pressley’s effort to question the validity of elections in Travis County. However, she disputes the assertion from the county’s attorneys that the records request is linked to her defeat in the 2014 campaign.

The lawsuit, filed late Friday by county attorney David Escamilla, challenges the state’s ruling that the county must turn over documents Pressley requested on Oct. 14, 2016. (Pressley disputes the date, saying she filed the request in August) She had asked for emails involving elections contractors and county and state officials.

Read the full story about how we got here and why the county doesn’t want to release these emails.



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