FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A judge has ruled that an Alaska borough must release personnel records from Senate Republican candidate Joe Miller's time as a government attorney.
Several news organizations sued for the information.
Miller argued that any release of personnel records violated his privacy rights.
Miller is the tea party favorite who faces incumbent Lisa Murkowski, the ousted Republican now running a write-in campaign, and Democratic nominee Scott McAdams.
The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday that retired Superior Court Judge Winston Burbank said the public's right to know outweighs Miller's right to privacy. Some of the documents will be redacted, Burbank said.
Animated Boehner: 'There's nothing complex about the Keystone Pipeline!'
House Speaker John Boehner became animated Tuesday over the proposed Keystone Pipeline, castigating the Obama administration for not having approved the project yet.
- Budget deficits shrinking but set to grow after 2015
- Senate readies another volley on unemployment aid
- Obama faces Syria standstill
- Fluke files to run in California
- Christie acknowledges federal subpoena
- Obama says Fox News's O'Reilly 'absolutely' unfair in extended interview
- Christie security officer hit with shoplifting charges
- Animated Boehner: 'There's nothing complex about the Keystone Pipeline!'
Miller recently acknowledged he was disciplined for violating the ethics policy while working for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, but said it was unrelated to his departure from the borough.
Burbank ordered that the documents be released by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, which allows time for an appeal. Media attorney Chris Zimmerman says he expects Miller's attorneys to appeal the decision to the Alaska Supreme Court.
Among the documents being sought are details of his resignation from the job last year, and any disciplinary actions taken against him while employed. Among the arguments for release was that the state Supreme Court, in earlier cases, has ruled that candidates for office expose their private lives to public scrutiny.
The Alaska Dispatch, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and Associated Press went to court for the ruling.
A former borough mayor, Jim Whitaker, has said Miller was disciplined for using borough computers for political purposes.
Miller worked as an attorney for the Fairbanks North Star Borough between 2002 and 2009. Although Miller has listed the work experience on his LinkedIn professional networking profile, he has left it off his campaign website.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.