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Felons Rights to Public Records Challenged by Washington AG

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Washington’s Attorney General Rob McKenna said that felons who have not had their civil rights restored should not have the right to public records guaranteed citizens. In a brief filed in the case of a prison inmate seeking information on judges, lawyers and corrections officers involved with his imprisonment, McKenna said the granted citizens under the Public Records Act are “fundamentally inconsistent with the objectives, needs and realities of the prison system and the legal status of inmates.” (6/9/08)