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Delaware Settles FOIA Lawsuit With Ex-treasurer

Posted: Jan 19, 2018 12:52 PM Updated:
Former Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers Former Delaware State Treasurer Chip Flowers

DOVER, Del. (AP)- Delaware has agreed to pay its former treasurer $22,500 in taxpayer money to drop a public records lawsuit over former Gov. Jack Markell's correspondence.

The settlement was reached with ex-treasurer Chip Flowers after Thanksgiving and confirmed by Flowers and state officials this week.

Flowers, who clashed with Markell during his four-year term, had requested specific emails sent by Markell and other senior government officials and filed a lawsuit when some were denied.

A Delaware Superior Court judge ruled in August that Delaware's highest executive has broad authority to shield his emails from public view.

Flowers told the News Journal the settlement only covered about a third of his legal fees. He initially planned to appeal the Superior Court ruling to the state Supreme Court but changed his mind.

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