Sheriff's Department Overcharged for Records on CD

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Meade County Sheriff's Department has violated the Open Records Act by charging $10 for a CD containing six photographs.

That finding by the attorney general's office was released on Tuesday. It held that charging more than the cost of the CD subverted the intent of Kentucky law governing access to public records.

Attorney Jonathan Ricketts had requested copies of records related to a Meade County car wreck in July. The sheriff's office contended that, as a public agency, it could recover not just the cost of the CD but also the cost of transferring the photographs to it.

Assistant Attorney General Michelle D. Harrison disagreed, finding that $10 was an excessive fee. She said the sheriff's office must recalculate its copying fee to conform to the Open Records Act.

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