Judge: Cylvia Hayes can use 5th Amendment

Cylvia Hayes is the former first lady of Oregon

Cylvia Hayes in a screen grab from a speech at PSU, April 14, 2014.
Cylvia Hayes in a screen grab from a speech at PSU, April 14, 2014.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon judge has ruled that Cylvia Hayes, the state’s former first lady, can use her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to block the release of some of her personal emails.

The Oregonian newspaper reported Sunday that Marion County Circuit Judge Tracy Prall issued the ruling last week in a case that concerns a public records request for an estimated 114,000 of Hayes’ emails – 94,000 of which have already been released publicly.

Hayes is the fiancee of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned earlier this year over allegations that the former first lady used her relationship with him to land contracts for her business. She went to court to block an order from the state attorney general’s office demanding that she turn over the emails, dating to the start of Kitzhaber’s administration in 2011.

The Oregonian said it is only seeking her emails that relate to the conduct of government business.

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