Governor Uses Executive Privilege As A Legal Defense

Sep 21, 2012

Executive privilege is among Republican Governor John Kasich's arguments in a lawsuit filed by the Ohio Democratic Party over access to his schedule of  appearances.

Democrats say the schedules could show Kasich misused state time to campaign for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. State attorneys say the administration provided some requested information but would not provide schedules for future appearances because that could create a security risk. The state also says some documents are exempt from disclosure under executive privilege. That exemption hasn't been used since a 2006 Ohio Supreme Court ruling created it. A particular need for disclosure must be demonstrated to overcome the exemption.