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Friday, June 29, 2007

FOI victory

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 5:52 PM

Citizen wins. Barbara Cockrell, the Carver School parent who sued Cycle Breakers under the Freedom of Information Act for information from the organization which works with people on probation, won her case today. She argued, successfully, that the organization's records should be open because it was supported in part by public funds, including money from Pulaski County and fees ordered to be paid by probationedrs in Judge Willard Proctor's court.

Cockrell has been looking into the agency because of its effort to open a center near the elementary school. But there are larger questions about the organization because of the dearth of information about its source of funds and accounting for them. A legislative audit is in progress.

Judge John Plegge said the information was public and should be released to Arnold by next Friday. Since she represented herself, Cockrell couldn't get an attorney fee award. But the judge did order Cyclebreakers to pay her filing fee. No word if they'll follow the rule of secretive and suspicious-acting public officials throughout the county courthouse and appeal.

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