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Friday, May 9, 2008

Strange Bedfellows: Media Groups Join BIAW on Deleted Email Brief

This posting from The Olympian's political blog describes a friend-of-the-court brief filed in support of the Building Industry Association of Washington by:
  • Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington (state's 22 daily newspapers)
  • Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (state's 140 or so weekly newspapers)
  • Washington Association of Broadcasters (TV and radio)
  • Society of Environmental Journalists

Here is a link to the media's friend-of-the-court brief (without the voluminous exhibits).

What do BIAW and the media groups have in common? Simple. Wanting access to government emails to keep government accountable. So the media groups filed a friend of the court brief in the state Supreme Court asking it to take BIAW's deleted email case.

Once again: open-government unites those who otherwise have little in common. It transcends ideology and partisanship.

Note: Allied Law Group represents BIAW in this case.