Court overturns order forcing newsletter to print response
MISSOURI--A federal District Court in Des Moines, Iowa, abused its discretion when it ordered Farmland Industries to print an article in its newsletter and refrain from publishing articles that might be construed as asking plaintiffs to opt out of a class action suit, the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis (8th Cir.) ruled in mid-July.
Freedom of Information | Feature | January 11, 1994
January 11, 1994
Closed city council committee meeting was illegal, Missouri judge rules
MISSOURI -- A meeting of the executive police committee of the Louisiana, Mo., City Council to hear citizen complaints, primarily from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was closed illegally, the Circuit Court in Pike County Missouri ruled in early December.
Requests for access to public records may be made orally or in writing. For routine requests to which an objection is unlikely, oral requests are sufficient. However, if opposition to access is anticipated, a written and dated request is recommended.
Reasonable notice requires posting of notice of meetings of public governmental bodies on a bulletin board or other prominent place which is easily accessible to the public and clearly designated for that purpose at the principal office of the body holding the meeting. If the body has no such office, notice is to be posted at the building in which the meeting is to be held. Mo.Rev.Stat. § 610.020.1.
While this issues has not been specifically addressed in case law, a reference in Classics III at 656 notes that the court found important in its analysis of the elements that the subpoenaing party could likely obtain the same or similar evidence from other potential witnesses.