(Smoky Mountain News) A public records request for Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe’s emails doesn’t tell much of a story — that’s because most of them are missing.
In violation of state law, Ashe deleted all but a few messages from his email accounts.
A few media outlets requested the sheriff’s emails after the American Civil Liberties Union alleged that Ashe used traffic checkpoints to find possible illegal immigrants, which led to the racial profiling of Latinos. Ashe has denied that his department setup checkpoints for anything other than the limited reasons allowed by law.
The allegations by the ACLU came just days after the sheriff found himself in the spotlight over alcohol permits. Ashe systematically delayed many businesses attempts to get an alcohol permit in the wake of a countywide alcohol vote.
Ashe was later relinquished of the responsibility of giving a thumbs-up or thumbs-down opinion on alcohol permit requests. But, the matter prompted several records request for Ashe’s emails and other related documents as well.
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