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    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s “do-not-call” list of 305 police officers with “integrity issues” is not exempt from public records laws, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled on Thursday. The three-judge panel determined the document could not be classified as a personnel record which might be exempt from public records requests because the Baltimore...
    PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate’s contention that it can withhold a raft of communications between its leaders and private contractors they hired to conduct an unprecedented review of the 2020 election results in the state’s most populous county. The ruling released Thursday evening is the latest in a series of losses for the Senate...
                        A watchdog organization has filed requests via the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) this week to obtain information about the U.S. government’s funding of China-based gain-of-function studies that many believe have played a role in the origin of COVID-19.  Gain-of-function (GOF) research is experimentation that enhances the...
    Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson are demanding Attorney General Merrick Garland provide them with an "immediate update" on former President Trump's January 2021 order to declassify records related to the FBI's original investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. The outraged senators slam the Justice Department for...
    Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump‘s legal team is threatening social-media platform with legal action for implying he had endorsed it in order to lure users into paying a $4.99 weekly subscription fee. “It has come to our attention that the 2nd1st mobile app [is] unlawfully utilizing the name, image, and/or likeness of President Donald J. Trump for...
    A voting hardware company that came to prominence right after last year’s presidential election is seeking to block Santa Clara County from releasing the firm’s financial documents, arguing they contain trade secrets that make them exempt from public records laws. On Thursday, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Helen Williams said she would like to first take a look at the...
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin will face a hearing next week on whether she should be held in contempt of court for failing to comply with a judge’s order in a public records lawsuit. Fourth District Judge Steven Hippler ordered the contempt hearing set for Oct. 13, according to court records. The Idaho Press Club...
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    Share this: The New York chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued New York City’s police department on Thursday, saying it is illegally keeping the vast majority of officer disciplinary records out of public view. The New York Civil Liberties Union said in the lawsuit in state court in Manhattan that the NYPD has publicly disclosed only a fraction...
    PHOTO COURTESY REP. SMITH/FACEBOOKThe Florida Department of Health is trying to scuttle a public-records lawsuit seeking information about COVID-19, arguing that requested reports don’t exist and that the underlying data is confidential. Attorneys for the department filed two motions Friday in Leon County circuit court arguing that a judge should reject the lawsuit, filed last month by the non-profit Florida...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — The Florida Department of Health is trying to scuttle a public-records lawsuit seeking information about COVID-19, arguing that requested reports don’t exist and that the underlying data is confidential. Attorneys for the department filed two motions Friday in Leon County circuit court arguing that a judge should reject the lawsuit, filed last month by the non-profit Florida...
    Days before the long-delayed conclusion of an Arizona vote “audit” of the 2020 election—one that conspiracy blogs trumpeted as the “MOST TRANSPARENT AUDIT EVER”—the conspiratorial group behind the effort is fighting a court order to turn over internal documents. Cyber Ninjas, an obscure Florida tech company with no prior elections experience, has been leading a chaotic review of Maricopa County,...
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — An organization run by rapper Jay-Z has filed a petition seeking records from the Kansas City, Kansas, police department related to what it calls a history of officer misconduct within the department. The request was filed Monday in Wyandotte County District Court by Team Roc, which is the criminal justice division of Jay-Z’s entertainment...
                        The Star News Network confirmed Monday that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley was the same Mark A. Milley charged with driving under the influence in Cumberland County, North Carolina, after a Nov. 19, 1982 traffic stop. The Star obtained the arrest and...
    The long-delayed report about the partisan review of ballots cast in Maricopa County, Arizona, during the 2020 election will be made public at a hearing scheduled for Friday, September 24, according to a spokeswoman for Arizona Senate Republicans, who had ordered the review.  The report will be presented on the Senate floor and will be open to the media. Although...
    Several of the media companies angling to join Rep. Carlos Smith’s suit are news industry giants. An alliance of media companies has filed to join Democratic Florida Rep. Carlos Smith’s lawsuit against the state Department of Health and outgoing Surgeon General Scott Rivkees for the agency’s refusal to release previously public COVID-19 information. In a motion filed Wednesday afternoon, eight news organizations — The Associated...
    PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney representing the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate told a judge Thursday that the long-delayed review of 2020 election results in the state’s most populous county will be released next week. The results of the so-called audit of President Joe Biden’s win and their unprecedented review of Maricopa County’s vote counts, elections procedures, voting machines and related computers...
    Attorneys representing the Daily Caller News Foundation and Judicial Watch took to court Wednesday arguing for access to records and communications about a treasure trove of documents related to President Joe Biden’s time as Senator housed at the University of Delaware. The organizations were appealing a January decision by the Superior Court of Delaware which denied them access under the...
    The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an attempt by the Republican-led state Senate to evade compliance with public records requests for documents related to its audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County. The court declined to overrule lower court decisions affirming the Senate's responsibility under state law to provide requested records and ordering the documents to be...
    Republicans in Arizona were blocked by the state's supreme court from concealing documents about the controversial audit. "The AZ Supreme Court won't hear [Arizona Senate President Karen Fann's] appeal of the Court of Appeals' ruling that audit documents possessed by Senate subcontractors are public records. The Senate will have to turn over communications, invoices and other audit-related records," Jeremy Duda...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an effort by the state Senate to keep secret records of its ongoing review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County that are in the possession of the contractors conducting the recount. The high court without comment rejected the appeal filed after an appeals court and trial court both ruled...
                        Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-FL-49) filed suit against the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and outgoing Surgeon General Scott Rivkees over a public records request for Orange County pediatric COVID data. Smith has said the DOH and Rivkees denied him the request and said they “falsely stated...
    Shocking video footage captured the moment an autistic Michigan teen yelled in pair after a pair of school bullies beat him up and took his shoes. The beating was recorded by a bystander on September 2 at Howell High School who stood by and did nothing.  The video begins with the two bullies ambushing and violently punching the helpless teen...
    SAN FRANCISCOA bill that expands Californians’ right to know when police officers use excessive force is headed to the governor’s desk after a final Senate vote Thursday. Senate Bill 16 passed with a vote of 29 in favor and 9 senators against. It also gives Californians access to records when officers make unlawful arrests or searches, and when they discriminate...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A Democratic state lawmaker and a non-profit group have filed a lawsuit alleging the Florida Department of Health has violated public-records laws by refusing to provide detailed data about the COVID-19 pandemic. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, and the Florida Center for Government Accountability filed the lawsuit late Monday in Leon County circuit court, after the department...
    Photo courtesy Rep. Smith/FacebookA Democratic state lawmaker and a non-profit group have filed a lawsuit alleging the Florida Department of Health has violated public-records laws by refusing to provide detailed data about the COVID-19 pandemic. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, and the Florida Center for Government Accountability filed the lawsuit late Monday in Leon County circuit court, after the department...
    An Arizona judge on Wednesday ruled that Cyber Ninjas, the company leading the GOP-backed election audit in Arizona, must preserve all records from their process so they can be released to the public, The Arizona Republic reported. The order was made in a case brought forward by the Republic. There are currently two lawsuits seeking the release of these records, with...
                        Metro Nashville Community Oversight Board (COB) Executive Director Jill Fitcheard makes more than $116,000 per year, according to public records, and that’s a generous pay increase over what she made as assistant executive director. The Tennessee Star filed a public records request in July asking for information about...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Cyber Ninjas will not need to imminently release records of their review of the 2020 vote count in Arizona’s largest county. Arizona Supreme Court Justice Kathryn King put a hold Tuesday on a lower court order for the records to be released by Aug. 31 while the high court considers an appeal. Republicans who control the Senate...
    Lingering questions about whether the Capitol riot could have been prevented are breathing new life into an effort to make the legislative branch more transparent  Critics argue that Congress’s decision to exempt itself from public records laws has fostered a bureaucracy that is far less transparent and accountable than the rest of the government. When Congress passed the Freedom of...
    THE personal records of 38million people were accidentally leaked on the open internet due to a flaw in more than a thousand Microsoft web apps, according to reports. American Airlines, Ford, J.B. Hunt, the Maryland Department of Health, the New York City Municipal Transportation Authority, and New York City public schools were among the companies and organizations affected by...
    PHOENIX — An appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by the Arizona Senate to keep secret records of its ongoing review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County that are in the possession of the contractors conducting the recount. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the documents sought by the watchdog group American Oversight detailing how the recount and...
    The Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that the leading contractor of Arizona’s audit of the Maricopa County 2020 election results must turn over documents related to the effort. American Oversight, a watchdog group, has been seeking documents regarding the county’s recount and audit, which was initiated because former President TrumpDonald TrumpFederal judge rules against Trump-era approval of Alaska drilling project Feds deliberately...
    The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision on Thursday requiring the state's Republican-led Senate to produce records related to its audit of the 2020 election . A three-judge panel unanimously rejected a petition brought by the state Senate that argued it has immunity from the legal action and that it doesn't have many of the sought...
    PHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by the Arizona Senate to keep secret records of its ongoing review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County that are in the possession of the contractors conducting the recount. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the documents sought by the watchdog group American Oversight detailing how the...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office is illegally delaying the release of public records related to its $26 million, no-bid coronavirus testing contract, a new lawsuit contends. Reynolds and her office’s public records custodian, attorney Michael Boal, are the latest officials to be accused of violating open records laws by a Utah-based company investigating testing programs...
    More details about the mental state and legal maneuverings of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes could emerge in coming weeks, as a federal judge on Tuesday asked lawyers in her criminal fraud case to begin reviewing files that should be released to the public. U.S. District Judge Edward Davila did not make a final decision on a motion by lawyers for...
    The Justice Department said Monday that it would work toward providing families of 9/11 victims with more information about the run-up to the attacks as part of a federal lawsuit that aims to hold the Saudi government accountable. The disclosure in a two-page letter filed in federal court in Manhattan follows longstanding criticism from relatives of those killed that the...
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    A teachers union has filed a lawsuit against a mom in a bid to block her public records requests about critical race theory. In April, Nicole Solas sent a lengthy email to the principal of Wakefield Elementary, Rhode Island, where her child attends school, to demand records about the controversial teaching practice. By June 2, Solas had filed more than 200...
    The Rhode Island chapter of the National Education Association has filed a lawsuit against the South Kingstown School Committee and a parent in order to block the release of records concerning Critical Race Theory (CRT) and gender teaching in the school district, Legal Insurrection reported Wednesday. The teachers’ union now claims, in the complaint filed in Superior Court, that the...
    The Rhode Island branch of a major teachers union is suing to block a school district from fulfilling a mother's public records requests, citing the sheer volume of requests and concerns about teacher privacy. The case revolves around a mom, Nicole Solas, who caught national attention for her quest to address critical race theory (CRT) in her child's district. School...
    Money from liberal billionaire George Soros is fueling an initiative to "dismantle" and replace the Minneapolis Police Department, campaign finance records show. The Open Society Policy Center, an advocacy nonprofit in Soros' network, provided a $500,000 donation to Vote Yes 4 Minneapolis in November, one month after it was established, the records show. The group, a coalition of at least...
    An Arizona judge ordered the state’s Republican-led Senate to produce records related to its audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, delivering a big win for critics of the controversial review. The documents, sought by left-leaning watchdog group American Oversight, are subject to Arizona’s public records statute and must be provided to the organization “immediately,” Maricopa County Superior...
    OAKLAND — A 24-year-old man was sentenced to three years and five months in federal prison in connection with a June 2020 police chase in Richmond, where he was found to be in possession of a loaded pistol. Vandrick Jones, who is listed as a resident of Antioch, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White. After the prison...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has 30 days left to take action on two bills that strengthen privacy protections for sex assault victims. The legislation came about after the CBS 2 investigators discovered the personal information of child sex crime victims had been left visible in public Cook County court records. READ MORE: Father Of Alexis Wilson, 19,...