Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Washington Judge Orders City Report Withheld and Destroyed
Without citing any legal exemptions from Washington's Public Records Act, Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Steven Mura ruled that a Bellingham city report that was critical of a local construction firm be blocked from public disclosure and destroyed if his decision isn't appealed within 30 days.
The Bellingham Herald requested a copy of the report, but the construction firm argued the report contained false information that would be damaging to its business. An arbitrator had earlier found that the city committed "substantial breaches of contract" with the construction firm, which had been hired to install drainage and sprinkler pipe, new ball field soil and turf.
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