In May, The Daily News reported on a confidential memo sent to city attorney Dorothy Palumbo written by Dallas Attorney Terry D. Morgan about the ways the city may challenge the construction of scattered site housing on the island in the future.
After obtaining a copy of that memo, The Daily News reported on its contents. The story sparked threats of a lawsuit against the newspaer and a leak investigation at city hall
On Tuesday, District 5 Councilwoman Terrilyn Tarlton sent an email to her constituents containing a copy of the investigations conclusions. That memo also included a copy of the confidential Morgan memo.
In the investigation report, attorneys from Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal concluded that despite the paper’s reporting on the original document, the Morgan memo remains confidential.
“Any release of the Morgan memo to individuals outside of the appropriate representatives of the City of Galveston (meaning municipal officers or employees) and its legal counsel is unauthorized,” the lawyers wrote.
At the end of its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12, the council voted to make the investigation results public. Tarlton on Tuesday said she believed that vote encompassed the Morgan memo, but expressed doubt after being confronted with the attorney’s opinion.
“If I’m wrong, I didn’t mean to do anything that I wasn’t supposed to be doing,” Tarlton said.
Below is a copy of the Morgan memo.