Sunday, October 11, 2009
Michigan Governmental Units Feud in Court over FOI Records Request
In a suit pitting the Michigan Department of Corrections against the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, a judge ordered MDOC to pay a fine and attorneys' fees to the prosecutor's office.
The suit stems from prosecutor Jessica Cooper's FOI request for a list of names of prisoners set to be paroled. MDOC said it didn't have such a list, but Cooper sued and a judge agreed that MDOC did not honor the FOI request.
A waste of taxpayer money? "It's silly that this had to play out in court and waste everyone's time," Russ Marlan of MDOC told Michigan NPR.
Listen to the report here.