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moneyPublic records are meant to keep governments and pertinent parties accountable for their actions, making it so that private citizens have access to information they might need in investigative work, court cases, and more. Unfortunately, Cheever Construction, working on a controversial building project in the city of Havelock, North Carolina is running into a lot of roadblocks in their attempt to get answers regarding a payment nightmare for one of their recent contracts. What complicates the situation even more is that the city itself is the client in the case. [click to continue…]

propertyCliven Bundy claims his family has been grazing cattle for longer than 130 years on Nevada lands that are owned by the federal government.

The rancher said, “I’ve lived my lifetime here. My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley here ever since 1877. All these rights that I claim have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water and the access and range improvements.” [click to continue…]

moneyIt’s no secret that bureaucratic processes can be difficult for the average person to navigate. For many Americans, getting records from the government sounds expensive, confusing, and time consuming – and most people aren’t even sure which records are publicly available. [click to continue…]

propertyThe Florida House of Representatives Government Operations Subcommittee passed HB 1151 by a vote of 13-0, potentially making public records easier and less expensive to obtain. The bill is designed to clarify accessibility to public records through the state government and to allow the use of public funds to maintain the records. [click to continue…]

GavelDeath row inmate, LaTwon Weaver won his court case against the San Diego County Districts Attorney’s office to gain access to numerous court documents. Weaver had petitioned the state for access to the filing records associated with every murder suspect in the county from the years 1977 to 1993. He also wanted access to any court records that could indicate that the District Attorney’s office in San Diego County was selective about which suspects were charged with a capital crime. [click to continue…]