Courts and open records

Where I live, the Wisconsin Supreme Court is debating whether to allow a collective bargaining agreement between the state and a public employee union to trump the state’s open records’ laws.

In Ohio, the Ohio Supreme Court just disappointed the FOIA community by ruling that reports by private attorneys for government agencies are not public records.

In Florida, the simmering battle over STOTW Joel Chandler just took an interesting turn when prosecutors charged Wes Bridges, a lawyer for the Polk County School District with violating the Florida Sunshine Law when Bridges failed to release records to Chandler on a timely basis.

The penalty against Bridges, if the charges are sustained, could be as high as a year in jail and $1,000.


One response to “Courts and open records

  1. Here in CT they always dance on the fine line with FOIA requests.

    We have a few police departments that will only allow certain aspects of a closed investigation to be released. It is funny when we respond with quotes from the actual CT laws.

    We usually can get the documents we need. The CSP are a different ball game though.

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