'Baltimore Sun' Sues Police Department Over Public Info

By: The Baltimore Sun is suing the city's police department over access to public information.

The newspaper says in its lawsuit that the agency "routinely ignores" requests for public documents and demands excessive fees for records.

The lawsuit asks for a judgment and injunction. It does not seek monetary damages. It claims that the department ignored seven requests to see records, in some cases for longer than a year.

An attorney for newspaper says Maryland's Public Information Act requires prompt responses to requests for information and directs that a "reasonable" fee be charged for copies of documents.

Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Sun in a story for Thursday's editions that he had not seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment on the allegations.


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