Release Joe Miller's Personnel File: Judge

Details murky why candidate quit county job last year
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2010 9:48 AM CDT
In this Sept. 16, 2010 file photo, Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller gestures in Juneau, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Chris Miller, File)

(Newser) – Joe Miller's quest for privacy suffered a blow yesterday, with an Alaska judge ordering the release of his personnel records for a borough (county), reports the Anchorage Daily News, which was part of a group of media that sued for the release. Among details sought are the circumstances surrounding his resignation last year, and any disciplinary actions. Miller has admitted using official computers for political purposes, but downplayed the severity of the incident.

"Although Mr. Miller has a legitimate expectation of privacy in those documents, Mr. Miller's right to privacy is indeed outweighed by the public's significant interest in the background of a public figure who is running for the US Senate," the judge wrote. Miller may appeal to the Alaskan Supreme Court before the documents are set to be released Tuesday. (Read more Alaska stories.)

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