by Mark Johnson
[E&E Legal] Attorney Brady Toensing says the only fishing expedition he’s interested in pursuing occurred in 2016 when former Attorney General William Sorrell’s cellphone — and all the text messages Toensing wanted reviewed — was ruined by water while casting in Connecticut.
Three years after making his initial request — just weeks from the one year anniversary of a unanimous, favorable ruling from the Vermont Supreme Court that official business conducted on private accounts is subject to public records laws — Toensing said he still remains stymied in efforts to get Sorrell to produce all of the emails and texts from his private accounts that Toensing says were required by the high court…
In one of Toensing’s cases against Sorrell, he requested communications over a four-year period between nine individuals in the attorney general’s office and 30 other individuals and organizations. That request produced 13,629 emails that were then consolidated into 1,129 email chains. The attorney general’s office said it spent more than 250 hours reviewing the documents and responding to a request by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute, which Toensing represents.