MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General's office says a judge's ruling that allows retired Attorney General William Sorrell to be deposed by opposing lawyers in a public records case is in keeping with the office's defense of privacy rights.

In a statement issued Thursday, the attorney general's office said the Wednesday ruling by Judge Mary Miles Teachout denied a request by the Energy and Environmental Legal Institute to depose three assistant attorneys general and it sets limits in the deposition of Sorrell, scheduled for Monday.

The institute is asking for public records that could be contained in Sorrell's private email account. The broader issue is whether Sorrell was involved in a coordinated multistate investigation into ExxonMobil and climate change.

Institute Attorney Matthew Hardin says they're looking forward to questioning Sorrell.