Tiner's statement on return of DMR records

December 27, 2013 

Statement of Stan Tiner

Executive Editor, Sun Herald

December 27, 2013

It has been a long, arduous, unnecessary and costly battle in behalf of returning the public's records to the public.

Justice has prevailed, and the public's faith in the rule of law has been restored.

Mississippi is a state whose leaders too often try to shield its citizens from the truth of government, including records as fundamental as those collected in the ordinary conduct of public business, such as the many boxes of state Department of Marine Resources records that have been returned to a courtroom in Gulfport.

And though some public officials worked zealously to prevent that return, two judges -- one in the state chancery court and the other a U.S. District judge -- listened to and read the arguments presented and ruled in favor of returning these records to their proper place -- ultimately the DMR -- and to the public domain.

More than a year ago, reporters for this newspaper began the rigorous task of digging for information that would help to reveal activities within the DMR that raised serious questions about the spending of a large sum of public money.

That pursuit has not ended. On Monday, Dec. 30, those reporters will begin the task of poring through the records in all of those boxes, looking for information that is thus far unknown to us.

We are grateful for the justice that has delivered the records to us, and the public, and for the privilege we enjoy in this nation to practice the First Amendment that the Founding Fathers gave to us.

The Sun Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service