August 26th, 2008
Sheriff denies records request, then bills newspaper $10 for asking
By David Cuillier
Wow, this one rates in my top three wacky denials. According to an Argus-Press (Owosso, Mich.) story, the county sheriff denied the newspaper’s public records request and then included a bill for $10 to mail the one-page denial letter. Zoinks! Like most state public records laws, agencies in Michigan are allowed to charge for the cost of copying records, but no state I have ever heard of allows an agency to charge someone just for asking for a record, or for being denied records. That’s a slap in the face. Makes you wonder why a county’s top law enforcement officer doesn’t understand (or follow) the law!