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Virginian-Pilot wins lawsuit to get police information

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Virginian-Pilot has won a lawsuit to get some employment records about law enforcement officers across the state.

The newspaper (http://bit.ly/1l70yCS) reports that Norfolk Circuit Judge Joseph Migliozzi ruled Wednesday that records of 125,000 current and former police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement personnel from some 500 agencies are subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Migliozzi ordered officials with the Department of Criminal Justice Services to give The Pilot officers’ names, agencies they work for, and when they started and stopped working for those agencies.

The Pilot and reporter Gary A. Harki had lied a lawsuit to gain access to the information last month.

The Attorney General’s Office, which represented the Department of Criminal Justice Services, had argued that the information amounted to personnel records and was exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

 

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