FOIA Tricks in Texas

Seems the City of Uvalde, Texas has thought of a few FOIA tricks even Michigan has not yet employed. It has outsourced its FOIA duties to a private law firm, who is wholesale denying every FOIA request and using a request for a state attorney general opinion for additional delay.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/88q95p/uvalde-contracts-private-law-firm-to-argue-it-doesnt-have-to-release-school-shooting-public-records

Last time I checked, the fact that information is “highly embarrassing” is not grounds for withholding it. The city has lumped all 148 FOIA requests into one and asked for a broad ruling from the Texas AG that all requested material is exempt from disclosure. Unclear what will be done with the “extreme emotional distress” argument.

A FOIA request for the actual contract between the city and the law firm for the FOIA babysitting job was denied because the law firm, after an allegedly diligent search, could not find any material responsive to this request. Case closed. https://twitter.com/foianate/status/1542164013068550145?s=10&t=cL-KqzTbZ-ZIwF3Py_jt7A.

Furthermore, body camera footage was designed to keep police accountable to the public. Instead, it seems to be released only if it allows them to regain the narrative and delay is always the name of the game. Legislators in all states should address this issue.

Thanks to a reader.


6 Comments on “FOIA Tricks in Texas”

  1. Anonymous says:

    With a good attorney ,what’s the maximum you could get for breaking & entering .First time offence? Just saying…

  2. Anonymous says:

    OK …good to know ,thank you.

  3. Anonymous says:

    CROWD SOURCING CHALLENGE OF THE DAY. Compile list of every assistant oakland prosocutor from 1977- ? Find any that have marks on there record or run ins with the law . Agnew cannot be the only one ,we know the run in packs. Danielle Kencik

    • G-Man says:

      Sounds like a great idea. I fear it is an impossible challenge thought. Look at the list of recent reprimands and how many are in Oakland County.
      https://www.adbmich.org/attorney-information/recent-notices

      • Danielle R Kencik says:

        WTF! Seriously , WTF That’s just for 2022, also in my own research every time Brooksie or one of is people get indicted, they always win .Talk about a Cabal. But equally disturbing is the preponderance of Fraternal organizations in Berkley .Two of which are alway in trouble with financial irregularities and access to children. And my favorite the Freemason Temple Berkley & Cass corridor. Fun fact Ford is the most famous freemason. I beginning to think I’m not cynical or paranoid enough.


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