by Michael Bielawski
True North Reports
Lawyers for a Washington-based nonprofit legal institute are calling their lawsuit against the Vermont Attorney General’s office a win, despite their inability to uncover long-sought-after public records.
In 2016, the Energy and Environment Legal Institute filed two public records lawsuits against former Attorney General William Sorrell after he refused to release information about his involvement with AGs United for Clean Power, a now-defunct group of 17 Democrat attorneys general led by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The coalition conspired to investigate Exxon Mobil for its statements regarding climate change.
In July 2017, a Washington Superior Court judge ruled that the attorney general’s office could not deny public access to documents, and ordered officials to release communications to E&E Legal. Attorney General TJ Donovan’s office responded a month later by saying it had no relevant records to deliver.