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CCA response to AP records request re staffing 2016, CCA, April 5, 2016 5 April 2016 Requester Travis Loller The Associated Press 1207 18th Ave. South, Suite 261A Nashville, TN 37212 Log Number 201600094 Please see the following response to a public records request sent to Steve Groom, General Counsel, ...
Reforms at New Orleans Jail Slow to Materialize; Death Reporting Problematic by David Reutter Federal monitors overseeing implementation of a consent decree concerning conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) in New Orleans said they were “very concerned” about the lack of progress in implementing the agreement’s provisions. Forty-nine prisoners ...
Tennessee Sheriff’s Willful Denial of Public Records Merits PLN Attorney Fee Award by On June 24, 2015, a Tennessee appellate court found the sheriff of Marshall County had willfully denied access to public records requested by Prison Legal News, and held that PLN was entitled to attorney fees after filing ...
Article • November 1, 2016
Washington Supreme Court Sanctions Seattle Police for Failure to Comply With Public Records Act by Lonnie Burton Since 2007, Seattle Police Department's (SPD) entire patrol fleet has been equipped with in-car video and sound recording equipment ("dash-cam"). In 2010, a reporter from KOMO News, Tracy Vedder, made several requests to ...
Article • November 1, 2016
Washington Prison File Inspection Request is PRA Request by Mark Wilson The Washington Court of Appeals held that a prisoner's request to review his central file was a Public Records Act (PRA) request. On May 3, 2010, an attorney for Washington prisoner Marvin Hunter requested the opportunity to review Hunter's ...
Article • October 27, 2016
Missouri Not Required to Disclose Identity of Doctor or Pharmacy Who Provide Drugs for Lethal Injections by Lonnie Burton In an 8-3 decision following an en banc hearing, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that the state of Missouri does not have to disclose the names ...
California Court Affirms Award of Attorney's Fees to Watchdog Group; Remands Case to Determine if Sanctions Appropriate by Lonnie Burton On June 7, 2016, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One affirmed the award of attorney's fees to a state watchdog organization after they prevailed in a ...
Brief • September 9, 2016
Gilman v. Ramsey County, MN, Motion, Privacy Public Records Disclosure, 2009 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA THIRD DIVISION __________________________________________________________________ Elizabeth Raasch-Gilman, Case No. 09 CV 594 ADM/JJG Plaintiff, PLAINTIFF’S MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO REMAND FOR LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER Ramsey County, JURISDICTION, TO CERTIFY ...
Article • September 8, 2016
D.C. Circuit reinstates prisoner's FOIA case on "Public Domain" grounds by Derek Gilna Carlos Marino, incarcerated for a 1997 drug conspiracy conviction, in 2004 submitted a Freedom of Information Request (FOIA) to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seeking all information that had already made public in his criminal trials in ...
Second Circuit Permits Office of Personnel Management to Assert FOIA Exemption 6 by Derek Gilna The Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Section 552(b)(6), also known as "FOIA," was enacted "to promote honest and open government," Grand Cent. P'ship, Inc. v. Cuomo, 166 F.3d 473, 478 (2d Cir. 1999), and ...
Lakewood (WA) Police Department Found in Violation of State Public Records Act by Lonnie Burton On May 25, 2016, Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals found that the city of Lakewood, Washington, and the Lakewood Police Department (LPD) improperly withheld documents in a Public Records Act (PRA) ...
Article • September 7, 2016
Delaware: Prisoners Have No Right of Access to Certain DOC Policies; Court Rules Statute Denying Access Constitutional by Lonnie Burton On May 25, 2016, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware upheld the constitutionality of a state statute which prohibits the Department of Correction (DOC) from providing certain ...
Article • September 6, 2016
District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals Reverses Dismissal of FOIA Request by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a lower court's decision to dismiss the appeal of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) records request on June 28, 2016. Florent ...
Brief • September 1, 2016
Jenkins et al v. City of Tallahassee et al, FL, Mot to Deny SJ until Discovery Resolved, disclosure police internal records, 2014 IN THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE DIVISION JOANNE JENKINS, et al., Plaintiff, vs. CASE NO. 4:03cv208-SPM/AK CITY OF TALLAHASSEE, et al., Defendant. MOTION TO ...
Brief • September 1, 2016
Settlement Terms Limiting a Lawyer’s Use of Information, ABA Formal Opinions, 2000 ABA Formal Opinions The following formal opinions are issued by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. They appear here in full text and are copyrighted by the ABA. Formal Opinion 00-417 April 7, 2000 Settlement ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Nevada Public Records Act Requires State to Provide Log of Basic Information About Withheld Information by In a unanimous opinion, the Nevada Supreme Court has held that, as a general matter, the state's Public Records Act ("PRA") requires a state entity withholding requested records to provide the requesting party with ...
Article • August 25, 2016
BOP Admits to Email Destruction Policy; Discovery of Policy Compliance with FRA Allowed by A federal court in Oregon held that a party to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) action was entitled to discovery regarding the record retention/destruction policy of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In November 2008, ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Wyoming Court of Appeals Permits Delay in Prison Allowing Public Records Access by Jonmichael Guy, a Wyoming Department of Corrections (DOC) prisoner sent Steve Hargett, warden of the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institute, an internal inmate communication form requesting permission to view the DOC's Policy and Procedure # 1.215, Code of ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Wisconsin DOC Unexpectedly Releases Use of Force Video by The Associated Press (AP) settled a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WDOC) for $5,000 in attorney’s fees and an edited copy of a use of force video. The AP sued the WDOC in October 2009 when it refused to ...
Article • August 25, 2016
US District Court Orders Release of Records to Prisoner by In the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, before U.S. Magistrate Lourdes A. Martinez, federal prisoner Anceso Rodrigo Aceves prevailed in his efforts to obtain certain prison records pertaining to himself. Defendants were officials of the ...
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