OSBI refuses to release normally open records
BY BRYAN DEAN NewsOK.com
Monday, December 10, 2012
12/10/12 at 5:20 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation refuse to release records every other law enforcement agency in the state is required to make public, claiming a state law exempts the agency from openness requirements.
The agency's position isn't sitting well with open-government advocates, who said failing to release basic information about incidents and arrests is a fundamental breach of public trust.
OSBI general counsel Jimmy Bunn has refused to release records related to the arrest of Jonathan Weaver, 15, who is charged with stabbing Nick Tilley, 16, outside a Seminole High School football game Nov. 9.
Bunn also has not said what specific records agents fill out when they make arrests and has not responded to a request by The Oklahoman for blank forms agents fill out or records related to previous arrests made by OSBI agents.
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Original Print Headline: OSBI's secrecy unfounded, experts say