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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

W. Va. Supreme Court to determine whether police time sheets fall under FOIA

From The Herald Dispatch:
West Virginia’s capital city is asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a records request from its largest newspaper.

Lawyers for The Charleston Gazette and the city of Charleston are scheduled to argue Tuesday over the city’s 2007 denial of a Freedom of Information Act request for police time sheets and activity logs.

The newspaper sought records for 28 officers after four officers pleaded guilty to charges alleging they worked second paid jobs while on duty.

The city’s denial cited privacy concerns, an ongoing criminal investigation and court orders sealing some records. But the city also sought a Kanawha County Circuit judge’s guidance on the law, and appealed when it was turned down.

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