Judge: State Attorney Violated Records Law

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News Release: Associated Press
August 13, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that State Attorney Angela Corey's office violated Florida public records law by sending investigators to tell a citizen who had requested records to stop doing so.

Judge Karen Cole ruled in favor of Curtis Lee, a former attorney, awarding him legal fees estimated at about $20,000.

Cole said Corey's office never demonstrated why a visit by her investigators to Lee's house was "necessary and appropriate," as the law requires.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Cole found Corey's office took too long to respond to Lee's requests.

Lee had filed the requests and asked Corey's office to investigate the Police and Fire Pension Fund.

Corey spokeswoman Jackelyn Barnard says the office will comply with the ruling.

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