Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court says Gov. Dave Freudenthal wrongly withheld draft budget documents from a Cheyenne newspaper last year.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle sued Freudenthal after he refused to
release information about proposed state agency budget cuts. He
said the information wasn't public because it was part of the
government's "deliberative process."
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state district judge's
decision that the budget information is public. The court didn't
address whether state law would ever allow withholding other
"deliberative process" information.
Tribune Eagle Executive Editor D. Reed Eckhardt applauded the
court's decision. Wyoming Attorney General Bruce Salzburg says he
needs to review it before commenting.