News and Updates

News and Updates

Public-records law can fall prey to ignorance

Michael Squires, The Republic | azcentral.com Arizona Republic reporters Dennis Wagner and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez visited the Arizona Attorney General’s office a couple of weeks ago to review public documents that deal with one of the biggest Arizona news stories read more…

Judge: No need for more review, Stump texts not public

Ryan Randazzo, The Republic | azcentral.com Anyone hoping to read utility regulator Bob Stump’s text messages is out of luck. The judge in the public-records case filed a judgment Tuesday declaring there is no need to re-inspect Stump’s phone for read more…

Court rules government metadata is public record

Under a ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court, metadata created or retained by any government entity in the course of its official duties must be released as a public record in the form that it is kept by the agency. read more…

Portions of Mesa police body-camera footage released

Portions of a police body-camera video showing events leading up to a fatal confrontation between Mesa police officers and a Texas man were released in May at the request of media organizations. However, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ordered read more…

Arizona House Bill 2383 signed into law

The Arizona Legislature passed House Bill 2383, which prevents the public from accessing crime photos of any victim or any minor — whether a victim, witness or convicted criminal — unless a court decides the public interest outweighs the witness’ or victim’s read more…

Judge rules text messages from Stump’s phone not public records

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled in late May that text messages sought from utility regular Bob Stump’s phone by the Checks and Balances Project were not public records. The text messages had been deleted, but some had been restored read more…

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