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Michigan Prisoner Properly Denied Free Documents Under FOIA

Ricky Williams, a Michigan state prisoner, sued in state court to compel disclosure of documents by the prison records manager (Manager) without having to pay for them, 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 Williams appealed.

On appeal, the Court of Appeals of Michigan found that the Manager refused Williams’ request for records without having to pay the fee after finding that he wasn’t on the prison indigency list, but did let him review the documents, thus, properly denied his request to waive the fee. On that basis, the Court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the case. See: Williams v. Martimucci, 88 Mich.App. 198; 276 N.W.2d 876 (1978).

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Williams v. Martimucci