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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Judge Upholds Prisoner's Public Records Requests, Even If They're Harassing or Creepy

The AP reports on a ruling that a prisoner who asked for photos and work schedules for judges and prosecutors won his Public Records Act case. The prosecutor's office sought a court order prohibiting the prisoner from making further requests because, while the records were not exempt from disclosure, providing them to the prisoner would not "serve the public interest."

The story quotes Allied Law Group's Michele Earl-Hubbard: "I completely understand the concerns of the employees," she said. "But there's noting in the statute that gave the court the authority to do that. There's not a right to stop people from asking for public records in the future."