Open records

Newspaper sues Louisiana parish for access to records

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 4, 2009
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December 4, 2009

A newspaper is counter-suing a Louisiana parish after its deputy attorney asked a court for a protective order to stop the release of public records related to a federal investigation and state ethics inquiry,The Times-Picayune reported.

City need not provide records in electronic format

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 2, 2009
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December 2, 2009

A New Hampshire court ruled last week that a city is under no obligation to provide public records in electronic format, The Keene Sentinel reported.

Louisiana parish sues media outlets to block public records request

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | November 30, 2009
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November 30, 2009

A Louisiana parish sued two news media outlets last week, asking the court for a protective order to keep public records that are also being reviewed in a state ethics inquiry confidential.

Report: Two finalists for U.S. attorney spot supported secrecy

Ansley Schrimpf | Secret Courts | Quicklink | November 17, 2009
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November 17, 2009

The Broward Bulldog reported last week that two of the three finalists for a U.S. attorney post in southern Florida have been involved in controversies regarding court records -- one for altering a docket in apparent violation of state law and another who helped prosecute a secret case in the wake of Sept. 11.

State police want nearly $7 million to fulfill FOIA request

Kirk Davis | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | November 17, 2009
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November 17, 2009

The Michigan Department of State Police is charging the Mackinac Center for Public Policy nearly $7 million to fulfill its FOIA request for information on how the state has used homeland security grant money since 2002, the nonpartisan research group reported.

Washington city refuses to settle suit over e-mail messages

Ansley Schrimpf | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | November 17, 2009
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November 17, 2009

A Washington city rejected a local open government activist's offer last week to settle a public records suit in which a state appeals court has ordered it to pay what could amount to $110,000 in legal fees, The Daily Herald reported.

Judicial email not public in West Virginia

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Feature | November 16, 2009
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November 16, 2009

Personal e-mail messages on government accounts are not public records, even when they are between a judge and a party to a pending case, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled Nov. 12.

Appeals court releases its opinion on release of petition signers

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | October 26, 2009
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October 26, 2009

On the heels of a Supreme Court ruling that temporarily blocked the release of the names of people who petitioned to repeal a same-sex marriage law in Washington state, the appeals court has released its rationale for its earlier order to disclose the names.

Requests for Florida school records expensive, time consuming

Kirk Davis | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | October 26, 2009
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October 26, 2009

The open-government site Sunshine Review found that despite Florida's strong open records law, obtaining information on public schools is still a daunting process for private citizens, the group's editor wrote in the Orlando Sentinel.

California county pays $500,000 in map data dispute

Brooke Ericson | Freedom of Information | Feature | October 14, 2009
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October 14, 2009

Santa Clara County must pay a nonprofit watchdog group $500,000 to cover its legal fees after a three-year dispute over whether the county could withhold or charge extremely high fees for electronic maps that were sought during a public records request, the San Jose Mercury News reported.