By NEMS Daily Journal
GULFPORT — Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel has ruled she cannot force the Mississippi Department of Resources to provide the Sun Herald records the agency no longer possesses.
Schloegel ruled on Tuesday the newspaper would need to add the State Auditor’s Office as a defendant in a public records lawsuit it filed against the DMR.
The Sun Herald sued the DMR under the state Public Records Act for access to agency financial records.
DMR attorneys argue they are unable to give copies of the records to the Sun Herald because the Auditor’s Office has them.
The Sun Herald has reported since fall on questionable spending at the DMR under former Executive Director Bill Walker. The auditor’s office and Federal Bureau of Investigation both have ongoing investigations.