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FOIA case pits Indian tribe against CT Dept of Banking


HARTFORD — As the state battles an Oklahoma Indian tribe in court over the operation of its high-interest loan program, a second legal front has opened up over the alleged destruction of social media posts by the former top lawyer for the Department of Banking.

The legal wrangling opens a new area of law in the internet age, where regulators will have to determine when work-related social media posts become part of the public record.

During a 90-minute session Friday before a state Freedom of Information Commission hearing officer, lawyers for the tribal chairman and its two businesses charged that Bruce H. Adams — now chief legal counsel for Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman — used social media posts to make disparaging comments on the tribal claims, then destroyed the posts in an alleged cover-up when attempts were made to obtain them under state open-records law.


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