Pitkin County resident wins CORA legal battle

From Aspen Public Radio: The identity of the so-called whistleblower and citizen complaint were made public Tuesday after the district court was ordered to release documents demanded by property owner Elesabeth Shook.

Pitkin County denied her request in 2012, citing its longstanding policy to protect whistleblowers’ identities in land use cases. The government feared Shook would retaliate.

She sued the following year, arguing she has a right to see who complained about her under the Colorado Open Records Act, or CORA.

Shook’s Aspen attorney, Chris Bryan, says CORA is a good law because it prohibits the government from playing favorites with what it releases to whom.

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