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Kingman, AZ: (Jan-02-07) Travin Pennington brought a lawsuit against the city of Kingman, alleging that he incurred a bill of $40,000 in attorney's fees as part of his seven-month battle with the city for e-mail records. Records show that in June 2007, Pennington filed public records requests for thousands of pages of e-mails from then-City Manager Paul Beecher and two other employees. Pennington said Beecher took him into the city hall parking lot, and instead of asking how to resolve the issue, Beecher allegedly made some comments that pushed Pennington to file suit against the city. The city stated that the records were denied to Pennington, as they were of a personal nature.

As part of a settlement reached, the city agreed to pay Pennington $40,000 to resolve litigation. The city's insurance policy will cover much of the costs of the lawsuit, including the city's own attorneys' fees, which topped $32,000, according to City Attorney Carl Cooper. The awarding of fees doesn't mean the city was wrong in withholding most of the records, but city officials claimed, was a measure to avoid future costs related to the lawsuit. [KINGMAN DAILY MINER: EMAIL RECORDS]

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