Morgan v. Kilmartin (2018)
Category: Active Case Open Government
About This Case:
This is a "friend of the court" brief filed by ACLU of RI cooperating attorney Lynette Labinger in support of state Representative Patricia Morgan’s request for a waiver fees that the Attorney General is demanding in her quest for documents pertaining to the AG’s expenditure of $50M in funds from the “Google settlement.” The brief also asks the court to reject the basis offered by the AG for many redactions in the documents that have already been given to Morgan, who has thus far paid more than $3,700 for partial release of the records.
An ACLU of RI blog post on this issue: Has the Attorney General Put the Final Lapel Pin in The Coffin of the Access to Public Records Act?
R.I. Superior Court Judge Melissa Long ruled that the AG must waive fees for any additional documents that are delivered as part of Rep. Morgan’s request for information. Citing an inherent public interest in the records, Judge Long also rejected the AG’s argument that records requesters should have to prove financial hardship in order to have fees waived.
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Related News Releases
- Jan 22, 2019 - ACLU Asks State Supreme Court to Address Key Open Records Issues in Google Settlement Fund Case
- Oct 15, 2018 - Citing Public Interest, Judge Rules in Favor of Fee Waiver in Google Settlement Records Request
- Oct 12, 2018 - ACLU Files Brief in Support of Requiring AG to Waive Fees for Google Settlement Records
- Oct 03, 2018 - ACLU Releases Critical Analysis of AG’s Handling of Request for Records on Google Settlement Money