- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A judge has ordered the city of Norman to turn over public records requested by two residents who filed a joint suit against the city, alleging a violation of the Oklahoma Open Records Act.

The Norman Transcript (https://bit.ly/22L2x43 ) reports that district Judge Jeff Virgin granted a motion for a temporary injunction that requires the city to release email records between members of city staff, City Council and oil and gas industry groups, as well as other oil stakeholders.

Casey Holcomb and Darcie Woodson requested the injunction. They’ll have to post a $100 bond to receive the records digitally.

The city had originally requested fees of several hundred dollars for printing costs in response to the separate Open Records requests that the pair had made.

“They were going to try to bury me in paper,” Holcomb said. “Our attorney was able to successfully argue that they should provide those records in digital format.”

Assistant City Attorney Rick Knighton said Holcomb’s request was so broad that it required review of more than 10,000 documents.

“The City of Norman routinely complies with public information requests and only attempts to recover reasonable fees in those instances where the request involves multiple hours of staff time in reviewing and copying documents, as in the request which will result in more than 10,000 documents,” Knighton said.

Holcomb said he expects to receive the records from Knighton by the end of the week.


Information from: The Norman Transcript, https://www.normantranscript.com

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