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Washington State Pays $277.94 and $450 in Public Records Tort Suit against DOC

The State of Washington Department of Corrections paid $727.94 to settle two different public records tort suits to prisoner Nicholas S. Roy.

On November 3, 2004, Roy requested a list of all persons who are being garnished for legal financial obligations and are currently in WDOC custody. On August 25, 2005, Roy requested documents (to include OBTS computer screen print outs) regarding the recalculation of his “DOSA” sentence done on October 12, 2004.

In both cases, the WDOC responded with a letter informing Roy of a $.20 a page copy fee and that it would advise him of the total cost at a later date. The WDOC, however, failed to follow up by providing that information or the requested public records. Roy then filed his lawsuits seeking to compel the records production and statutory fines.

The first action was settled for $277.94 on October 27, 2005 and the second action settled for $450.00 on March 1, 2006.

Roy represented himself on both tort suits. See: Roy v. State of Washington Tort Claim Nos. 05-2-02326-8 and 2005-02-05800-0.

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