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$277 Awarded for Costs in Washington Records Disclosure Suit

A Washington Superior Court judge, Thurston County, awarded Airway
Heights Correctional Center prisoner Donald W. Miniken, $277.39 in costs
in litigating a Public Disclosure Act lawsuit. In January 1998, Miniken
requested the Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC) to provide him
documents pertaining to the training Paul Duenich has received related to
investigation of complaints." That request was sent to Employee Training
and Development Manager P.J. Brown. In February 1998, Miniken sought the
same information from Public Disclosure Officer Kay Wilson-Kirby. After
the records were not disclosed, Miniken made a subsequent request in March
1998. Two weeks later, Miniken filed his suit.

After holding a hearing, Judge Gary R. Tabor found no exemption
applied to the records except for the social security number. The Court
also found the WDOC did not timely respond to Miniken's request as
provided by statute, but that failure was not willful. The Court ordered
Miniken be provided the requested documents and awarded the costs of the
litigation as a prevailing party. See: Miniken v. Department of
Correction, Superior Court, Thurston County, Case No. 98-2-00959-1.

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