Reverse Lawsuit Sets Bad Example

AG’s threat to sunshine law tempts all agencies to foil citizen access


Today the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana has released a new commentary, Reverse Lawsuit Sets Bad Example.

PAR wants the citizens of the state to understand the problem and impact of a recent legal move by the state Attorney General’s office. Faced with a complex issue pitting the competing constitutional rights of both privacy and public access, the agency did not handle the matter properly. Its action sets an unfortunate example that likely will encourage egregious behavior among state and local government agencies and commissions across Louisiana. There are other, more appropriate legal means for the Attorney General to seek protection of documents based on concerns of privacy. In addition to the commentary, PAR has provided background information about "reverse" lawsuits in Louisiana. Read more...

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