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Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 5:53 pm | Updated: 1:08 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage activist is asking the Alaska Supreme Court review a judge's ruling that state law doesn't forbid the use of private e-mails to conduct state business.

The case stems from a 2008 records request by Andree McLeod, which showed then-Gov. Sarah Palin and members of her staff had been using private e-mail accounts.

McLeod's attorney, Don Mitchell, filed the appeal with the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Mitchell says Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay erred in his January ruling that state lawmakers did not intend for the law to prohibit the use of private e-mails in official state business.

McLeod argued that Palin and the governor's office had a responsibility to save e-mails related to state business, and that private accounts obstruct the public's right to inspect records.

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