Mayor’s Emails Will Remain Private — For Now

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About 100 emails sent from a private account held by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will remain private, for now.

The Sacramento News & Review is seeking release of those emails but was told they would have to wait, after attorneys for Johnson went to a judge, asking him to put the release on hold.

"He's not trying to hide anything. There's nothing in these emails that would be bad for his political position," said Attorney Peter Haviland, who is representing the mayor.

In Sacramento Superior Court Thursday, Haviland argued those emails contain legal advice, which protects them from public release.

While the court sorts through them to see if that's true, the mayor and city staffers said they are determined to continue using private accounts, like the email address, to conduct some of their business -- just not business on behalf of the people of Sacramento.

His "city business" will only be conducted on his city account, according to the mayor's spokesperson, Ben Sosenko.

"But we have to take your word for that because we'll never see the OMKJ emails?" Fox40 asked.

"The OMKJ emails are private accounts," Sosenko said.

The emails in question are only those that were forwarded or CC'd to a city email address.

They are reportedly about the now-bankrupt National Conference of Black Mayors, which Johnson at one point led.

So if the mayor does city business on a private Gmail account, is he required to share those emails with the city?

"That's an area of developing law," said City Attorney James Sanchez.

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