Denver Post Sues Governor Ritter Over Phone Records

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Denver (AP) The Denver Post is suing Gov. Bill Ritter, saying he refused to turn over records of calls he made on his personal cell phone during a 19-month period.

The newspaper says it only wants calls that Ritter made in his capacity as governor since taking office in 2007, and that his office can leave out the rest of his personal calls.

The Denver post reported the lawsuit today. It says Ritter's office did provide records of calls he made on his state-issued phone, but not calls from the cell phone he pays for himself.

Ritter spokesman Evan Dreyer says Ritter uses the phone to make personal and business calls to avoid violating state laws regarding private use of state phones.

The newspaper says Ritter's office cites the governor's privacy as one of the reasons for not releasing the records.

The Denver post's public affairs editor says Ritter's use of the private cell phone would be the same as if the governor set up a private e-mail account to conduct public business and the records shouldn't be withheld.