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MISSISSIPPI (WCBI) — Text messages about government businesses are public record. That’s the ruling from the Mississippi Ethics Commission.

The opinion was given today.

This came about after the Daily Journal requested Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton’s text messages last October, relating to the resignation of former Development Services Director BJ Teal.

The commission says the city violated the state’s open records law.

This is the first time texting has been addressed with a public records request and does set a precedent for the future.

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  • Stephen Hall

    Wow, This is kinda shocking. I’m just wondering what kinda of mess this could open up in the future.

  • Diva

    Well, I hope they don’t go back and pick up the texts that my relative was threatening me with when I was working on the Air Base. I hope they have all but forgotten them, because if they arrest her for texting and threatening that will likely kill the civil lawsuit for getting to the bottom of the embezzlement of over $200k from an account listed as a conservatorship by Judge Mask, and depleted as an ownership account by the embezzling parties. I wonder what kind of excuse they would give the AG, that there was a jealous sibling involved?

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