Cruz Emails - Solicitor General

Ben Hudson filed this request with the Office of Attorney General of Texas.
Tracking # 17-46444
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Ben Hudson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All emails to/from Rafael Edward (Ted) Cruz during the time frame in which he served as Solicitor General in the Texas Attorney General's Office (2003-2008).

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ben Hudson

From: publicrecords

April 3, 2017

Dear Mr. Hudson:

Please be advised that when an employee leaves the Office of the Attorney General ("OAG"), that employee's e-mail box is deleted after 30 days. Accordingly, the OAG no longer maintains Mr. Cruz's e-mail box. Presumably there are e-mails from or to Mr. Cruz that are contained in various legal files of this agency. However, we would have no idea how to locate these specific files. Moreover, any e-mail printed and retained in a litigation file would be excepted under the attorney-client privilege.

Sincerely,

June B. Harden
Assistant Attorney General
Assistant Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: Ben Hudson

June,

Thank you for your response. I would like to request a copy of the OAG's records retention policy, please.

Thank you,

Ben Hudson

From: publicrecords

April 3, 2017

Dear Mr. Hudson:

Below is the link to the agency's retention schedule:

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/sites/default/files/public/tslac/slrm/state/schedules/302.PDF.

Sincerely,

June B. Harden
Assistant Attorney General
Assistant Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: Ben Hudson

June,

I appreciate your quick responses.

I would like to amend my request as follows:
- All emails to/from the Office of the Solicitor General for the time period 1/1/2016 - 3/31/2017

Let me know if there are any changes or further clarifications needed.

Thank you,

Ben Hudson

From: publicrecords

April 13, 2017

Mr. Ben Hudson
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
VIA E-MAIL ONLY

RE: Public Information Request No. 17-46444

Dear Mr. Hudson:

Please see the attached correspondence pertaining to your public information request to the Office of the Attorney General ("OAG"), received by the OAG on April 4, 2017. A copy of your request follows this e-mail.

If you have any questions, please contact me at publicrecords@oag.texas.gov.<mailto:publicrecords@texasattorneygeneral.gov.>

Sincerely,

Lauren Downey
Assistant Attorney General
Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: Ben Hudson

Lauren,

Thank you for the cost estimate. Given the relatively large sum, I would like to amend my request as follows:
- Metadata for all emails to/from the Office of the Solicitor General for the time period 1/1/2016 - 3/31/2017. This is to include to/from, date, time, and subject line (if possible).

Let me know if further clarification is required.

Thank you,

Ben Hudson

From: publicrecords

April 13, 2017

Mr. Hudson,

Thank you for your response. Section 552.107 of the Texas Government Code, which encompasses the attorney-client privilege, makes an entire communication privileged, even the date, time and subject line. Similarly, the subject lines of some e-mails may contain confidential information. So we will still have to review the e-mails one by one to determine if they are privileged or require redaction, and unfortunately, that means your revision does not impact the cost estimate. Identifying a specific topic that we can search for would help to narrow the number of e-mails significantly. But please keep in mind that most communications by the Office of the Solicitor General that pertain to cases they are working on, or have worked on, will be privileged attorney-client communications.

Sincerely,

Lauren Downey
Assistant Attorney General
Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: publicrecords

May 1, 2017

Mr. Ben Hudson
MuckRock
requests@muckrock.com
VIA E-MAIL ONLY

RE: Public Information Request No. 17-46444

Dear Mr. Hudson:

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