The death of a the man who filed a lawsuit seeking copies of e-mails sent among union leaders on government-owned computers in Howell Public Schools should not mean an end to the case supporters say, according to The Detroit News.

Chetly Zarko, who passed away July 20, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the e-mails in 2007.

"This is of critical importance," Patrick J. Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, told The News. "The Court of Appeals decision is poorly reasoned, and for those who want to keep tabs on government and what its employees are doing, this ruling is crucial."

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The Mackinac Center and the Michigan Press Association filed a joint "friend of the court" brief in support of Zarko's case.


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