Jason Mercier, one of my colleagues on the board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, dutifully alerts us to any court rulings involving open meetings and public records laws.
Today Jason slipped this state Court of Appeals decision into our email inboxes, without comment. I don’t know if he even read it. But it’s a real gem. Here’s the gist:
A gentleman named Kevin Michael Mitchell, currently enjoying the state’s hospitality at one of its fine penal institutions, hit a modest legal jackpot in a public-records lawsuit last year. Mr. Mitchell, an avid jailhouse lawyer, asked the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, a quasi-public agency, to provide certain public information concerning a study the institute conducted for the state Department of Corrections.