Judicial Watch Loses Phoenix Lawsuit: Mayor Phil Gordon Does Not Have to Release Security Detail Logs

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Rea has denied Judicial Watch, a conservative think tank, access to two years' worth of security-detail logs kept by Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon's bodyguards.

Judicial Watch said it was considering its next steps, and that it would be a few days before they reach a decision. 

A sweet victory, nonetheless, for Gordon just hours before he delivers his annual State of Downtown Address.

The security logs tracked Gordon's activities, and would potentially reveal whether Gordon was appropriately using his taxpayer-funded security detail.

The judge agreed with Phoenix's legal argument "that the worksheets contain matters of safety and confidentiality that outweigh the public policy in favor of disclosure."

Judicial Watch attorneys had argued in court that the city could simply redact portions of the information related to Gordon's safety and confidentiality, but in today's ruling, the judge said that "what remains is essentially the Mayor's public calendar, which has been produced."

The judge also noted by withholding the security-detail logs, first requested in July 2009, the City has not violated the Arizona Public Records Law.

Stayed tuned for more info.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.