General Counsel Kevin Reed threatens to sue reporter after DA orders Reed to give up public records

Oregon’s new Public Records Advisory Council sent its first report to the Governor a few weeks ago. The report notes many problems with Oregon’s Public Records law and with the lack of compliance of public agencies. For example,

The report then goes on to note that UO has recently made just such an intimidating lawsuit threat, apparently to a reporter. So I made this public records request to Kevin Reed last week for the docs. Still no response:

From: Bill Harbaugh <wtharbaugh@gmail.com>
Subject: public records request for GCO’s lawsuit threat
Date: December 4, 2018 at 2:17:05 PM PST
To: Lisa Thornton <pubrec@uoregon.edu>
Cc: Kevin Reed <ksreed@uoregon.edu>

Dear Ms Thornton –

This is a public records request for the General Counsel Office’s public records related to this records request, appeal and the threatened lawsuit from the GCO that are mentioned in this clip from the report of Oregon’s Public records Advocate:

The full report is here: https://sos.oregon.gov/public-records/Documents/final-prac-report.pdf

I ask for a fee waiver as demonstrated by the public interest in the use of these sorts of threats for “chilling public records requests and accountability”, as discussed in pages 9 and 10 of the report.

I’m ccing Mr. Reed, as he should have this file at hand and be able to provide it without fees or delays, and perhaps even without the threat of a lawsuit or other retaliation.

Thanks, Bill Harbaugh

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4 Responses to General Counsel Kevin Reed threatens to sue reporter after DA orders Reed to give up public records

  1. Public records requests should just get routed through your blog. Kevin’s already a voracious reader and we wouldn’t have to keep paying somrle office exorbinant fees to shield the public from their records. Couldn’t we just give you a hard drive with all the University documents on it and save everyone alot of trouble?

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  2. Deplorable Duck says:

    Argh. I poked around in that report a while but couldn’t find the mentioned threat. Could you give us the relevant quote?

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    • uomatters says:

      “Requester had appealed and prevailed
      before DA. University was now planning to
      sue.”

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