Gulf Publishing Co. (the Sun Herald) is asking a chancery judge to add State Auditor Stacey Pickering and his office as defendants in a public-records lawsuit the newspaper filed against the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
The Sun Herald requested records of the DMR’s Katrina Relief account in November and its Rigs to Reefs account in late December. The Auditor’s Office subpoenaed the same records in early January when the newspaper asked to pick up the records.
The DMR denied the newspaper’s records request, citing the auditor’s subpoena and ongoing criminal investigation. The newspaper then sued the DMR in Chancery Court, seeking access to the records under the state Public Records Act.