Censorship of public records

In theory, public records are the public’s records but in reality this is not the case. It appears that government be it local, state or national has come up with a way to stiff the public’s access to the records of the public by charging for the access to the records based on their arbitrary price estimates.

Case in point is a local lawsuit against the city where access to the public records was charged at $40,000 in advance. The local authority was taken to court and the price dropped to $13,000. I don’t know many people that could affort to shell out that kind of money if they had a beef against the city to find out what they needed to know. Judge recuses himself, cites attorney’s emails and then there is this Trial starts in ex-employee’s public records case against city

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