The e-mails had been deleted. In its lawsuit, the Blade did not accuse the Seneca County commissioners of deleting e-mail messages in order to evade its request.
I’m sure that thought never, ever flittered across the Blade’s collective minds.
There are three commissioners in Seneca County. Two produced no e-mail messages on the topic around which records were requested. A third had substantial gaps in the dates of messages.
The newspaper was looking for a record of deliberations about demolishing the courthouse in Tiffin.