Friday, February 01, 2008

City must pay open records case fees to JSun

Congrats to the Jackson Sun and a big thank you for pursuing the fees in court. This should encourage other open records cases. Its a damn shame that OUR government has to be taken to court to extract these legal fees.

Link HT: Newscoma

The city of Jackson must pay The Jackson Sun more than $41,000 in legal fees and expenses for a public records lawsuit the newspaper filed against the city.

Chancellor James F. Butler ruled in the case Tuesday citing a statute in the state Public Records Act that allows a court to assess all reasonable costs involved in obtaining a public record from a government entity that has willfully refused to disclose it.