TCOG Executive Director Frank Gibson was quoted in The Tennessean‘s report on substitute judges in Davidson County — specifically, about General Sessions Court Judge Gloria Dumas’ use of her personal lawyer in handling a request for records pertaining to substitutes:
Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, said such practices raise concerns.
“It’s not just a red flag. It’s outrageous,” Gibson said.
“The court … still has the legal obligation under the law to make those records available,” Gibson said. “It’s being filed for a public reason. What does Judge Dumas’ attorney have to do with the government office that has those records? Zilch. He has no authority whatsoever.”