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Michigan FOIA Doesn’t Require Disclosure of Court Documents

Parnell Seaton, a Michigan state prisoner, filed suit in state court to compel the prosecutor to disclose court documents and transcripts from his criminal trial, pursuant to the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Mich. Comp. Laws § 15.231 et seq. (Mich. Stat. Ann. § 4.1801(1) et seq.). The trial court dismissed, and Seaton appealed.
On appeal, the Court of Appeals of Michigan held that the FOIA doesn’t require disclosure of a criminal defendant’s trial records to him. The Court then affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the case. See: Seaton v. Wayne County Prosecutor, 225 Mich.App. 1; 570 N.W.2d 125 (1997).

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Seaton v. Wayne County Prosecutor