Although he’s no longer a mayoral candidate, the public records lawsuit filed by Eric Robert during his mayoral campaign continues on its course.
Greensboro Senior Assistant City Attorney Tony Baker filed an answer on behalf of the City of Greensboro to Robert’s lawsuit in North Carolina Superior Court last week, asking that the case be dismissed.
Robert, who is not an attorney, is representing himself, and the lawsuit against Mayor Nancy Vaughan, City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba and the City of Greensboro alleges that Greensboro violated the North Carolina public records law by
“a. failing or refusing to furnish requestors with copies of requested public records “as promptly as possible” on multiples of requests.
“b. failing or refusing to permit the inspection an examination of public records at reasonable times and under reasonable supervision;
“c. denying or concealing the existence of public records on multiples of items.
“d. redacting documents to conceal content from specific sender/individual.”
The response from the city to these particular allegations in paragraph 10 is simply “Denied.”
In the answer the city denies just about everything alleged in the lawsuit with the exception of facts such as that Nancy Vaughan is the mayor of Greensboro, Tai Jaiyeoba is the city manager and that the North Carolina public records law is quoted accurately.
The answer from the City of Greensboro states, “Plaintiff’s requests were extremely broad and encompassed numerous emails, each of which had to be reviewed for information that may not have been relevant to Plaintiff’s request or be subject to release under the North Carolina Public Records law.”
Greensboro’s answer asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, “in its entirety, pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, where Plaintiff has failed to state a claim for which relief may be granted.”
Greensboro’s answer also asks that Robert’s lawsuit be dismissed because, “the Defendants have fulfilled the Plaintiff’s public records requests # 16298 and 17560. Plaintiffs demands that the City comply with the North Carolina Public Records law are therefore moot.”
In addition to asking the court to deny the lawsuit in its entirety, the City also asks, “That the costs of this action, including reasonable attorney’s fees and other costs as allowed by law, be taxed against the Plaintiff.”