Virginia governor being sued over releasing felons' names
Jul. 20, 2016
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A county prosecutor is suing Virginia's governor to force him to release the names of the felons whose civil rights have been restored.
Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Loudoun County Circuit Court.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive order restoring voting rights of roughly 200,000 felons who completed their sentences also allows them to run for public office, serve on a jury and become a notary public. Plowman says he needs their names to determine whether someone is truly eligible to serve on a jury, among other things.
Plowman and media organizations have filed public records requests for a list of the names. McAuliffe's administration denied them under a "working papers" exemption in state law.
McAuliffe's spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.