Brenner’s lawyer files motion in IPRA suit

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By Tris DeRoma

An attorney for former Los Alamos County resident Patrick Brenner fired back a countermotion to the Los Alamos County Council’s motion requesting a First Judicial Court judge examine a councilor’s emails before making them public.
Brenner is requesting the emails under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act. Brenner is alleging Los Alamos County Council Vice President Susan O’Leary abused her position as a public official by using county email to destroy his reputation and business. He said she allegedly did so by releasing to the public an email he wrote to the county council on May 15 that expressed his displeasure over a $20 million general obligation bond sale county residents were going to vote on later that May.
In late May, the county held a countywide election on whether or not the county should raise $20 million through a general obligation bond sale to pay for five recreation projects. Brenner campaigned actively against the recreation bond.
He was puzzled as to why she and the council were requesting the review. “I’m not sure why she’s asking a judge to do that,” he said. “Her asking a judge to review her private email is no different from her reviewing her own private email. I couldn’t answer that question as to why she wants a judge to review it.”

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