Miss. auditor asks court to release MDMR records

Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering is asking a federal court to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records that are being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper.

Pickering’s motion, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, is in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel.

Gulf Publishing and the Sun Herald newspaper have been fighting Pickering for the records. On Wednesday, Schloegel ordered the auditor’s office to produce the documents by Monday.

Pickering had argued that a federal subpoena prevented his releasing documents seized from MDMR during a corruption investigation.