Assistant Attorney General Trisha Meggs Pate wrote that Childers, a suspended Escambia County commissioner, failed to submit evidence backing his argument that private comments to other commissioners about public matters are legal if no responses are sought.
The Pensacola Republican's argument is not "fairly debatable" although a trial judge certified it to the 1st District Court of Appeal as a question of "great public importance," Pate
"To answer the certified question in the affirmative would completely emasculate the sunshine law," she
Childers has served more than half of a 60-day sentence for two sunshine violations.A jury convicted him on one count and he
pleaded no contest to another, reserving the right to appeal both.
The appellate court last week ruled for Childers on another appeal bond requested after he
was convicted on unrelated bribery charges.He
is to start a 3 1/2-year prison term upon completing his