Court: Hayes must pay newspaper more than $127,000

Cylvia Hayes in a 2016 interview with KATU News at her Bend, Oregon home (KATU Photo)

SALEM, Ore. -- A Marion County judge has ordered former Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes to pay The Oregonian more than $127,000 in attorney fees.

Last year, the newspaper filed a public records request to acquire emails Hayes sent during her tenure as First Lady with former Governor John Kitzhaber.

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The newspaper used the emails to publish two stories it later had to retract.

Hayes then sued The Oregonian to keep them from releasing more of her emails, but a judge ruled in favor of the paper.

Under Oregon law, the paper was able to file a motion to recoup attorney fees spent fighting the legal battle, and did so in March.

On May 25, the court ruled Hayes must pay The Oregonian more than $127,000.

Hayes tells KATU she plans to appeal.

Both Hayes and Kitzhaber are under federal investigation to determine if either used their positions for personal gain.

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