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Haggerty: Don’t you just hate it when that happens? Cobos: It happens.

Thomas Dorman, an El Pasoan whose open records request of the Central Appraisal District led to the mistaken release of the names and addresses of a category of people such as law enforcement, the judiciary and crime victims who signed forms stating they wanted to keep the information confidential, appeared at El Paso County Commissioners’ Court this morning to speak his piece about the episode.

The information was on a disc loaded with about 4 gigabytes of data given to Dorman in response to his request, which was
for “documentation, e-mails, memos, and any other documents or information pertaining to operational, data entry, errors generated and other problems with the newly implemented software used by the CAD in the calculation or evaluation of property appraisals in the County of El Paso, Texas.”

He ended up giving the disc to the FBI, one of multiple law enforcement agencies that became more and more concerned as they realized what was on the disc.

Toward the end of his presentation, he said he wanted to take the disc to the El Paso Police Department, and wished that the FBI had not been “sicced” on him.

Commissioner Dan Haggerty, who rarely resists the urge for a one-liner, jumped in.

“Don’t you hate it when that happens?” he said.

To which El Paso County Judge Anthony Cobos, a known target of the FBI public corruption investigation, responded.

“It happens,” he said.

You got to love a politician who maintains a sense of humor under duress.

Sito Negron


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

July 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm

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  1. Mr. Dorman is an inspiration. This took a different turn than he expected through the CAD’s release of confidential info while trying to bury him in paper. I hope in the end the CAD changes his valuation, the circumstances in his case that he has shared show a clear case of a meaningless and indefensible valuation.

    Thomas – great job at CCC today as well!

    Too Tired To Care

    July 20, 2009 at 5:32 pm

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