Category: Sunshine Law

EXCLUSIVE: Miami’s Top Prosecutor Busted Censoring Darren Rainey Protesters

EXCLUSIVE: Miami’s Top Prosecutor Busted Censoring Darren Rainey Protesters

Miami-Dade County's State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle is censoring at least 100 of her critics on Twitter, including a dozen accounts either named Darren Rainey or with the deceased man's profile image. We have pictures to prove it. It all started when the prosecutor sent a ...
Florida Man Fights Extensive Public Records Request Abuse

Florida Man Fights Extensive Public Records Request Abuse

The City of Homestead has a torrid reputation and a pattern of willfully refusing to comply with the public records law. Homestead is a little town at the southern end of Miami-Dade County, rarely receiving the scrutiny it deserves as a cesspool of public corruption and maleficence. I ...
Missouri Police Association Sues Missouri Police Department Over Public Records Violations

Missouri Police Association Sues Missouri Police Department Over Public Records Violations

A Missouri police association filed a lawsuit against the city of Columbia, accusing its police department of violating the state's public records law by refusing to provide records in a timely manner, then charging an exorbitant amount for the requested records. Last summer, the Colu ...
Miami Beach Asks $73,000 For Water Pollution Public Records Request by Newspaper (UPDATED)

Miami Beach Asks $73,000 For Water Pollution Public Records Request by Newspaper (UPDATED)

The City of Miami Beach just asked the Miami Herald for almost $73,000 to hire one of their employees for a year, just to deliver public records documents related to “human-source fecal marker” and water quality. Miami Herald reporter Jenny Staletovich requested a series of emails und ...
Florida School Board Attorney Tried to Persuade Prosecutor to File Felony Wiretapping Charges Against PINAC Reporter

Florida School Board Attorney Tried to Persuade Prosecutor to File Felony Wiretapping Charges Against PINAC Reporter

Behind closed doors in secret meetings, an attorney for a Florida school board appears to have met with a local state attorney in the hopes to pursue felony criminal charges against PINAC reporter Jeff Gray. According to emails recently obtained through a public records request, it wa ...
WATCH: Florida Deputy Illegally Arrests PINAC Reporter Protesting At High School (UPDATED III)

WATCH: Florida Deputy Illegally Arrests PINAC Reporter Protesting At High School (UPDATED III)

UPDATE III - March 15th, 3:30pm - Jeff Gray has been released, finally, from St. Johns County Jail.  Here is his statement "I am out of jail and safely at home. I walked out of jail around 1pm today 3/15/16. I was treated well by SJSO Jail staff. I want to thank everybody for their su ...
Florida Senate Bill 1220: A Poor Solution to Fake Problems

Florida Senate Bill 1220: A Poor Solution to Fake Problems

As addressed in my recent article, the Florida League of Cities is pushing for a dramatic and unwarranted change to Florida's Public Records Act for which no empirical justification is offered.  Further, its anecdotal reliance on cases it cites actually undermines its basic premise. T ...
Florida Town Clerk Calls PINAC Reporter “Asshole” for Making Public Records Request, then Lies About Photos She Took

Florida Town Clerk Calls PINAC Reporter “Asshole” for Making Public Records Request, then Lies About Photos She Took

PINAC reporter Jeff Gray conducted a public records audit at the town hall of Penney Farms last month, a tiny town in North Florida known more for its retirement community than its farms that describes itself as "one of the best kept secrets" in the state. And judging by town clerk An ...
Noncompliance: The Real Abuse of Florida’s Public Records Laws

Noncompliance: The Real Abuse of Florida’s Public Records Laws

The basic premise of Florida's Public Records Act is that the public has a right to access any records dealing with official government business.  Its purpose is to promote public awareness and knowledge of government actions to ensure the government remains accountable to the people.  T ...