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Despite Failing Grade on Transparency, Law Enforcement Officials Resist Opening Access

Posted on Jul 02,2012
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Members of a subcommittee of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council meet in Richmond last week, although they made no progress in improving the commonwealth's failing grade for transparency. Photo by Michael Lee Pope.
Members of a subcommittee of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council meet in Richmond last week, although they made no progress in improving the commonwealth's failing grade for transparency. Photo by Michael Lee Pope.

By Michael Lee Pope

RICHMOND - Back in March, Virginia received a failing grade from the State Integrity Investigation as the result of a systematic lack of transparency. Last week, members of a subcommittee of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council gathered to see if there was any way to reconcile the concerns of law enforcement officials and advocates of public access.

The debate fell in to a familiar pattern, with members of the press supporting more access to criminal investigative documents while prosecutors and police chiefs resisted any attempt to increase transparency. The meeting adjourned with no action, which means that members of the General Assembly will likely to unwilling to support legislation that the advisory council won’t endorse.

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