- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Pulaski County judge who had ruled that state police were redacting accident reports too heavily has withdrawn a stay he issued in the case.

But Circuit Court Judge Morgan “Chip” Welch ruled Wednesday that the state has 10 days to appeal his decision that state police policy to redact names of traffic accident survivors violates the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Little Rock attorney Daniel Wren sued state police in May after his open-records request for access to the reports was denied.

He and other lawyers protested a January policy change in not allowing bulk inspection of crash reports because it prevents them from seeking potential clients.

Unredacted crash reports now are only available to those who meet certain criteria, including people involved in the crash, among other groups.


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