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OH Prisoners Must Get Court Order Declaring Documents Necessary for Actionable Cause Before PRA Requires Disclosure

Daniel Ritter, an Ohio state prisoner, petitioned for a Writ of Mandamus to compel a trial judge to provide him with documents associated with his criminal proceeding, pursuant to the state Public Records Act (PRA), Ohio Rev. Code § 149.43. Ritter hadn’t obtained an order from the trial court finding the requested records necessary to support a valid claim.
On review, the Court of Appeals of Ohio, 6th Appellate District, Fulton County, recognized that the PRA required prisoners to get a court order from their sentencing courts finding the requested records necessary to support a justiciable claim before requesting them. On that basis, the Court dismissed Ritter’s petition. See: State ex rel. Daniel Ritter v. James Barber, 2006 Ohio 592 (2006).

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Daniel Ritter v. James Barber