Former council representative still refusing to release emails

Former council representative still refusing to release emails
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 9:39pm

Almost 200 pages of emails from the personal accounts of current and former El Paso city council members were made public Tuesday, but one former city representative is still holding out.

Steve Ortega is not handing over personal emails despite being ordered to by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Ortega tells Newschannel 9 he has nothing to hide and will release the emails if ordered by the court, but says it's a matter of principal that government can't go through private correspondence without cause.

Opponents of the new downtown ballpark allege council members were conducting negotiations through private email accounts.

"The requesters are making the allegations. To me it's up to them to pull them up or go on with their lives. There's been hundreds or thousands (of emails) released and again the allegations were oh, there's illegal activity or criminal action taking place. we've seen none of that," said Ortega.

The emails released yesterday were posted on the city's website.

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