Terre Haute, IN. (ECWd) –
Michael J. Wright, the attorney for Vigo County, Indiana, in a response to a complaint file with the Indiana Public Access Counselor, claimed that a recent request for public records was nothing more than harassment.
There is no stipulation to claim a request as harassment in order to not provide public records, but this appears to be what has happened.
Wright suggests that since the requester was trying to find out certain information on a Vigo County Employee, that Wright thought it to be harassment. Wright does not explain how thinking it was harassment eliminated the requirements to comply with the Indiana Access to Public Records Act.
He further stated the records, sent to IN-PAC were provided to the requester, however, the requester never received them.
Additionally, Wright tries to play word games and say that Bogue “never appeared” in the county office to request the records – implying that email requests did not count, but the PAC determined otherwise.
It appears public sector servants play the same games in Indiana as we have seen in Illinois.
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