The Sheridan Press is seeking public access to arrest-booking photographs in the county sheriff’s office.
The newspaper has filed a petition for declaratory judgment in district court to determine whether booking photographs in the possession and control of the sheriff are subject to the Wyoming Public Records Act.
Sheridan County Sheriff Dave Hofmeier has told the newspaper that it is not the policy of his office to release booking photographs.
He said one reason for doing so would be to keep from jeopardizing the ability to seat an impartial jury in a high-profile case.
Hofmeier says his office does release photographs of people who fail to register as sex offenders because those are important to the public.