Kaye Beach

OK DPS pays 60,000 in legal fees

In Accountability on February 24, 2010 at 2:37 am

Oklahoma paper’s public records suit ends with fee settlement

Keywords: Attorney Fees

After a decade of public records litigation, Oklahoma’s Department of Public Safety has finally released the information and paid $60,000 to cover the newspaper’s legal fees, the Tulsa World reported.

In 2001 Tulsa Word city editor Ziva Branstetter filed an open records request through for documents from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on “the department’s use of force, traffic stops and searches, and agency procedures,” the story said.

An appeals court said in 2007 that most of the records should be disclosed. The Department of Public Safety has now agreed to pay $60,000 to cover a portion of the Tulsa World‘s attorney fees.

http://www.rcfp.org/newsitems/index.php?i=11270

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