by Max Brantley
A public official's e-mail is public -- except, the Arkansas Supreme Court apparently thinks, if it's smutty -- and lawyers are beginning to capitalize. Down in Benton, the lawyer in a police disciplinary dispute has asked for all the e-mail the mayor sent to more than two council members the last four years. The mayor thinks it's a headache. The mayor would have fewer headaches if he didn't hold secret council meetings by e-mail, which he essentially did by communications with multiple council members on official business.