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MI Prisoner Awarded Costs and Given Documents Under FIOA

Steven Haskins, a Michigan state prisoner, sued in state court under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Mich. Comp. Laws § 15.231 et seq. (Mich. Stat. Ann. § 4.1801(1) et seq.), to compel Oronoko Township to disclose to him copies of documents associated with the investigation in his criminal case. The trial court found some of the documents to be exempt from disclosure but ordered others disclosed. Haskins appealed.

On appeal, the Court of Appeals of Michigan affirmed the trial court’s finding that some of the documents were exempt. However, it did remand the case to the trial court to determine the amount of Haskins’ costs and award them to him. See: Haskins v. Oronoko Township, 172 Mich.App. 73; 431 N.W.2d 210 (1988).

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Haskins v. Oronoko Township