Archive | August, 2015

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Revising KORA: Modernizing the “criminal investigative records” exemption

It has been well-documented that, in Kansas, journalists and members of the public sometimes struggle to obtain copies of police reports and other documents related to law enforcement investigations. Law enforcement agencies often deny requests for such documents under the “criminal investigative records” exemption found in K.S.A. 45-221(a)(10) of the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA). […]

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Fresh Tips: Requesting disclosure of probable cause affidavits

A little more than a year ago, two Kansas statutes, K.S.A. 22-2302 and K.S.A. 22-2502, were amended to give the public, including journalists, a right to see affidavits that police file to justify making arrests and conducting searches. As is often the case with new law, not everyone initially agrees on how to interpret it. So courts […]

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Fresh Tips: Tweeting in court

Journalists who report on court proceedings can update the public minute-by-minute by sending tweets live from courtrooms. However, not all judges allow tweeting. A Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) survey earlier this year found that an “ad hoc approach appears to be how the majority of courts across the country still treat […]

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Judicial Council Advisory Committee proposes incorporating access to body cam footage into KORA

On Friday, July 31, I had the opportunity to sit in on a Kansas Judicial Council Criminal Law Advisory Committee meeting, which was convened to discuss the Substitute for Senate Bill No. 18 regarding the public’s access to law enforcement video, including footage from body cameras.  The Judicial Council conducts studies and makes recommendations for […]

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