- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

CANYON CITY, Ore. (AP) - A Grant County judge has ordered Sheriff Glenn Palmer not to delete any emails from his account pending further court proceedings.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/2aXqON9) that Grant County Circuit Judge William Cramer issued a restraining order after the news organization sued in May over access to the records.

The newspaper first made a public records request in February after Palmer came under scrutiny for statements he made about armed militants who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January. Palmer, who’s been sheriff since 2000, is up for re-election.

Attorneys for the news organization say he “systematically” destroys his office emails in a potentially illegal practice.

Palmer’s attorney Zach Hostette says the sheriff only deletes government emails after making printed copies and no emails are now being deleted.

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