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.
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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.
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