Criminal charges rare in public records violations

Article Posted on December 8, 2017

By: Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post

The filing of criminal charges against public officials for violating open records laws is a rare event usually reserved for the most flagrant incidents, according to a Florida legal expert.

That’s why proponents of the state’s sweeping Government in the Sunshine Law are closely watching the cases of Martin County Commissioner Edward Fielding, 73, and former Commissioner Anne Scott, 69, who were arrested in November on criminal misdemeanor charges of failing to allow inspection of public records…

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