Discussion: Growing Number Of Government Bodies Sue Citizens Seeking Public Records

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Ah, the old S.L.A.P. P. gambit…

Strategic
Lawsuit
Against
Public
Participation

Government bodies are increasingly turning the tables on citizens who seek public records that might be embarrassing or legally sensitive. Instead of granting or denying their requests, a growing number of school districts, municipalities and state agencies have filed lawsuits against people making the requests — taxpayers, government watchdogs and journalists who must then pursue the records in court at their own expense.

In honor of the birthday boy: