- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge won’t reconsider his order that text messages recovered from Arizona Corporation Commission member Bob Stump’s cellphone are not subject to public disclosure.

Tuesday’s ruling from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Randall Warner closes the case filed by the Washington, D.C.-area Checks and Balances Project barring an appeal. It’s been trying to access Stump’s messages for more than a year.

The group has suggested that Stump illegally coordinated with two Republican friends and independent political groups that spent $3.2 million to get them elected to the commission in 2014. Stump denies the involvement.

Warner had the messages reviewed and then decided none were public records.

Checks and Balances executive director Scott Peterson said in a statement that Warner overlooked important facts and implied an appeal might be filed.

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