In a feud that conjures up memories of the New Times subpoena/arrest debacle, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office released a letter today from County Manager David Smith asking the office’s employees to fess up to whether they’ve been blogging or posting comments on the internet about county government.
Real names, pseudonyms, work time or personal time, Smith asked for it all while citing Arizona Rules of Professional Responsibility for attorneys or “agents of the County Attorney.” “A lawyer’s ethical duties do not cease at the office door,” wrote Smith, who specifically sought postings on Shane Wikfors’ Sonoran Alliance, Cactus Alliance, Intellectual Conservative Arizona, and all messages sent to Scottsdale government, the Republic, the New Times, ABC15 and the East Valley Tribune. Smith made a note to detail that his inquiry targeted, but was not limited to, 36 individuals named in an attached public records request. The records request was not included in the attorney’s office press release entitled “free speech issue,” but the document was forwarded to Yellow Sheet upon request.
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