The City of Cincinnati is facing a lawsuit over the release of text messages between five City Council members.
Two Democrats known only as John Does claim their free speech and privacy rights were violated, and the city saved and copied their texts with the City Council members, including items that involved party strategy. Democrats P.G. Sittenfeld, Chris Seelbach, Tamaya Dennard, Wendell Young and Greg Landsman admitted they violated Ohio's open-meeting law by conducting city business via text messages. Vice Mayor Chris Smitherman wants the five to pay the city's prior legal fees and penalities. Republican Hamilton County judge Robert Ruehlman has called for the five to resign.