Federal subpoena of DMR records thwarts Sun Herald’s court-ordered access

The Sun Herald prevailed in a public records dispute with the State Auditor’s Office, but Chancery Court Judge Jennifer Schloegel must decide what to do now that the state agency has failed to follow her order for turning over the records.

Schloegel could issue a ruling Wednesday.

At the end of a two-day hearing last week, Schloegel ordered the auditor’s office to return the DMR records to the agency’s Biloxi office so they could be copied for public inspection by the newspaper.

Instead, state auditor’s attorney Melissa Patterson informed Schloegel after business hours Monday that the U.S. Attorney’s Office subpoenaed the same records to be in Jackson on Tuesday morning.

Sun Herald