City of Tallahassee to release FBI subpoenaed documents to public

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee City Commission voted Wednesday night to release all documents related to the ongoing FBI investigation to the public for free.

In a 4-1 vote, the group moved to have the public records posted on the city's website. Those documents were originally slated to cost upwards of $10,000 to obtain, with at least two entities already paying a portion of money for a chunk of the documents. In total, there are about 240,000 documents related to the investigation.

The documents are being made available online at Talgov.com/PublicRecords.

"We could take this government a long way by simply saying, 'Whatever it is we'll make it available on a public searchable form, for a public basis, for anyone who wants access,'" said Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Commissioner Curtis Richardson was the only one against the decision, calling it a "slippery slope."

"I think it would be difficult to say to those coming before us, 'Yeah we did it for them, but we can't do it for you,'" said Richardson.

The documents are a result of three federal grand jury subpoenas. The first two were delivered in June, with one addressed to the City of Tallahassee and the other to the Community Redevelopment Agency. Both named a short list of business people in town as well as a dozen local entities. The third subpoena was delivered to the city in September and requested documents related to Commissioner Scott Maddox and some of his key business associates.

Maddox was for the decision.

"Public documents are public documents.Any of my public emails, public documents, I welcome the fact that we can put them on the website," he said.

He also pushed for all commissioner emails dating back five years to be posted online as well, however that request failed to pass.

The idea to publish the FBI documents was first discussed a few months back, with Commission Gil Ziffer pushing the idea. He said he believes Wednesday's vote was the right decision, but doesn't think it'll change the current culture.

"People are concerned. People don't quite know what's happening. And until they know for sure, they're going to be as they are, which is watching us carefully," said Ziffer.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The City of Tallahassee has voted to provide all FBI subpoenaed documents to the public for free.

The vote passed 4-1.


City Commissioner Curtis Richardson was the lone dissenting vote, calling it a "slippery slope."

The documents will be posted to TalGov.com, where they'll be available to the public free of charge.



 
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