Attorney General Jeff Landry has handed over 6,235 pages of documents to an Indianapolis woman who sued him last month for failing to respond to a public records request for six months.
But the attorney for Scarlett Martin, who filed the suit, said they are still waiting for more documents to satisfy the entirety of the records request and that they intend to pursue civil penalties of close to $20,000 from Landry's office for taking so long to respond.
The documents delivered last week, according to legal filings summarizing the materials, included records documenting Landry's travel, contracts awarded for legal services during his tenure, and correspondence between members of his office and oil companies involved in "the exploration and production of hydrocarbons."
An Indiana woman is suing Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry for not complying with her …
In her lawsuit, Martin said it had been six months since she requested the public records and three months since she paid $250 to purchase them.
Martin's Baton Rouge attorney, Chris Whittington, said Monday that his client received the first tranche of the requested records Thursday evening and was still going through them.
He said Martin is a researcher, but he had no information about what she was seeking in her request.
Her public records request mentions by name Chester Cedars, an attorney for Landry, and Kyle Ruckert, a former top aide to ex-U.S. Sen. David Vitter. Ruckert ran a super political action committee called Make Louisiana Great.
Brent Littlefield, a political consultant for Landry, characterized the suit and records request as a political attack.
"It's not random that this so-called researcher picked a former chair of the Democratic Party of Louisiana to file a lawsuit against Jeff Landry," he said. "They won't be satisfied until they destroy and unseat every conservative in Louisiana and have a complete liberal takeover."
Littlefield speculated that Martin was hired by the Democratic Governors Association.
Although part of the request has been fulfilled, Whittington said he and Martin are seeking stiff financial penalties. State law calls for payment of $100 for each day the agency is in violation of public record laws.
"One hundred dollars a day at 190 days," Whittington calculated. "That's $19,000 and climbing, plus attorney's fees."