Rings Plays Hide and Seek with Public Records

The Washington County Prosecutor’s office is playing a ridiculous game of hide and seek. More than two weeks ago, RCNN made a FOIA request of the Washington County Commissioners – specifically that they release a number of emails originating with disgraced but still sitting Prosecutor Kevin Rings. His office was asked to comply and after negotiating terms there was agreement that the records would be provided.

Please understand I do not want anyone’s case records or personal information. I am quite aware that Rings has used his position and his county email account to pursue both suspects and victims of crimes he was prosecuting. You may recall RCNN has made public a number of text messages between Rings and Amy Davis, who is accusing him of sexual wrongdoing. Despite being under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Rings is still prosecuting cases on behalf of the state and the county.

Now his office is trying to make the asinine claim that his personal emails are exempted from disclosure. He shouldn’t have any personal emails on his county courthouse email account but since he does they are public records.

In case you don’t know me, well, I’m relentless. So, don’t anyone think this is over. And, there exists a whole nation of women who are tired of this bad behavior from men in positions of power. All of this spells bad timing for Mr. Rings.

Not to mention, I have quite a bit of evidence already gathered and that is how I know these emails exist and are being unlawfully withheld. I have a few of them. Some of Rings victims have provided me with information and I am so grateful and proud of you who are willing to take a stand. So, let me just put this out there. Ladies, please forward your emails from Kevin Rings to me either here or at lyons.callie@gmail.com.

If justice is to be done, the people are going to have to see to it. No one is above the law. That reminds me of the Lorax.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Your Livid Correspondent,
Callie Lyons

About River City News Network

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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