Former first lady Cylvia Hayes must pay The Oregonian/OregonLive $127,760 to cover the news organization's legal bill in her failed public-records lawsuit.
The decision arrives nearly 18 months after The Oregonian/OregonLive first requested Hayes' emails in light of an influence-peddling scandal that would ultimately lead Hayes' fiancé, Gov. John Kitzhaber, to resign. Federal agents launched a criminal investigation into the matter that continues today.
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum ordered Hayes to turn over messages from her private account that concerned public business. Hayes refused and filed a lawsuit in February 2015 to block the emails from release.
In a Facebook post, Hayes wrote that she was shocked and plans to appeal. "And I do not intend to give a dime to the Oregonian, which has been dishonest, irresponsible and biased in its coverage of my case," she wrote.
Well, the former First Squeeze may not intend to give a dime to The Oregonian, but her intention doesn't matter. She didn't intend to allow her emails to be released, either, despite the order. Instead, she filed - and lost - a lawsuit in an effort to thwart Oregon DoJ, and now she owes $128,000 because of that. She's been ordered to pay that, but she doesn't "intend" to comply. Because she's special. She says that all the time on her blog. Nothing is ever her fault.