US seeks to block release of sheriff’s emails

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Department of Justice is seeking emergency legal relief to block the release of the emails of an Iowa sheriff who serves on a federal board charged with building a broadband network for emergency responders.

Department lawyers requested an injunction Tuesday in federal court in Des Moines that would prevent Story County from releasing Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald’s emails to Politico, the news outlet.

Fitzgerald is a member of the FirstNet board, created by Congress to build the high-speed emergency response network. Politico reported this month that Fitzgerald has raised concerns that other board members are tied too closely to the wireless industry.

Politico sought Fitzgerald’s emails, which the county agreed to release.

DOJ says Fitzgerald’s emails about FirstNet could cause “potentially significant harm” to the nation’s first-response capabilities if released.

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