Pierce County prosecutor appeals $311,150 records fine
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office is appealing a $311,150 public records violation.
The News Tribune reports Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christopher Lanese ordered Pierce County to pay the penalty for records prosecutors improperly withheld or redacted while responding to a public records request from Tim Kienberger.
On August 15, Lanese ordered enforcement of his July 26 decision be stayed, pending the appeal.
Kienberger requested emails, meeting notes and other documents in 2013 and again in 2016 regarding an investigation of alleged elder abuse of a family member, according to the lawsuit Kienberger filed last year in Thurston County.
The lawsuit says the prosecutor’s office “withheld and redacted hundreds of pages of public records, and then prolonged its response to the renewed request, repeating improper redactions and withholdings.”
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com