- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Department of Justice has rejected former first lady Cylvia Hayes’ request for the state to cover her legal bills in her fight to keep emails out of the public eye.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1GlD5EL ) that a senior Justice Department official notified Hayes’ lawyer of the decision on Thursday.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s office has ruled that Hayes was a public official and ordered the former first lady to give her emails pertaining to state business to The Oregonian, which requested them under the public records law.

Hayes is suing the newspaper in an effort to block the release.

Since Rosenblum had declared Hayes to be a public official, her lawyer said the state is obligated to pay her legal bills.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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