Houston Nutt’s attorney is claiming that Ole Miss is using “stonewall tactics” in regard to Hugh Freeze’s phone records. Here might be part of the reason why.
ESPN obtained a letter that was sent from attorney Thomas Mars to Ole Miss assistant general counsel Rob Jolly on Friday. In the letter, Mars states that the university is estimating the cost of searching, reviewing, redacting and duplicating Freeze’s cell phone records from June 2012 to now at $25,100. And that doesn’t include the cost of what it would be to do the same for Freeze’s landline calls.
Ole Miss estimated that it would take 190 hours for the records to be prepared by somebody from its outside attorney’s office and somebody from its general counsel’s office.
According to ESPN, in Mars’ letter, he accuses the school of a “pattern of concealing information from the public by manufacturing bogus exemptions and illegal roadblocks that plainly violate the FOIA.”
Freeze resigned last week after his communication with an escort service was discovered.