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UPDATE: Blue Hog will get a win in Freedom of Info motion towards metropolis of Little Rock

GOOD PREDICTION: Blogger Russ Racop, who has FOI actions pending towards the Scott administration, was on course in a Fb publish earlier than a listening to as we speak on Matt Campbell’s FOI lawsuit. That’s Campbell at higher proper.

A report from Blue Hog Report creator and lawyer Matt Campbell on a listening to as we speak earlier than Circuit Decide Chip Welch on Campbell’s enchantment of town’s failure to adjust to the Freedom of Info Act in response to quite a few doc requests, together with some regarding Mayor Frank Scott’s aborted LITFest, which imploded amid considerations about contract irregularities and cronyism. Experiences Campbell:

Deputy Metropolis Lawyer confirmed up and instructed the decide town admitted that it had violated the FOIA as to all of my requests. They famous, appropriately, that they’ve been working over the previous week to attempt to get the whole lot caught up within the FOIA division and to get me the whole lot I requested. Together with a flash drive that they introduced as we speak, they’re as much as 5 of the 13 which have been fulfilled, I imagine. Possibly 6.

Essentially the most noteworthy factor is that Decide Welch didn’t allow them to simply slide with “we’re offering data now.” They’ve to offer responses each two days, at minimal, until there’s a big request and I agree to offer them an additional day. Any failure to adjust to that two-day timeframe goes to get Frank Scott a show-cause order to return in and clarify why the decide shouldn’t maintain him in contempt for town’s failure to offer data.


It seems you must sue to get the Scott administration to adjust to state regulation. I’ve gotten nothing however silence from his chief of employees, Kendra Pruitt, to requests for letters she despatched to LITFest sponsors after the occasion was canceled. Nothing on one thing so simple as pay and job assignments of two employees in Metropolis Corridor. I acquired solely a closely redacted contract with a metropolis facility for the canceled headline act for LITFest. There’s as but been no report on cash raised and spent by the agency employed to stage LITFest, a agency that employs the mayor’s former chief of employees, Charles Blake.

Perceive that although FOI requests now circulate by way of town legal professional, Kendra Pruitt had retained oversight of the method by way of metropolis staff and appears to have been instrumental in blocking a few of them. It additionally has develop into obvious {that a} lack of a data retention coverage has given rise to erasure of textual content and e mail data to maintain them out of the fingers of the general public.

I feel there’s a cause for the dogged struggle for secrecy by the Scott administration. Openness may reveal extra cronyism, at a minimal, alongside together with his broader efforts to subvert metropolis authorities with mayoral energy that doesn’t at the moment exist beneath our supervisor/council/robust mayor authorities mix. Sadly for him and his lack of ability to work with the Metropolis Board, its approval is required for the authorized adoption of most main objects of enterprise.

UPDATE from reporter Mary Hennigan:

Campbell stated he subpoenaed Scott and Pruitt to make sure they had been current on the listening to, however the two deferred all inquiries to Lawyer Alan Jones, who was representing town Tuesday.

Jones admitted town’s fault and vowed to proceed responding to Campbell’s requests. He stated that town has employed non permanent employees to finish requests. Hundreds of paperwork have been requested — one had upwards of 20,000 pages, Jones stated.

Reportedly, these 20,000 pages are all communications associated to LITFest. Campbell stated that originally, he acquired a “handful of data early on.” When Metropolis Lawyer Tom Carpenter stated that some LITFest-related paperwork had been deleted, Campbell stated he acquired extra data, however it appears now that there are extra.

Campbell stated he was glad with the ruling, however he nonetheless questioned why the data weren’t delivered within the first place. Campbell famous the “severe hours” metropolis employees has put in to get caught up on his data.

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