State Court’s Expansive View of Security Records Contrary to Precedent
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio in Welsh-Huggins v. Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. This case concerns a request by an AP reporter for surveillance camera footage of a shooting targeting a judge outside an Ohio courthouse. A special master of the Court of Claims found the footage subject to release under the Ohio Public Records Act. The Seventh District Court of Appeals reversed that judgment, applying a de novo standard of review and finding that the footage was a security record. The reporter appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court. The amicus brief argues that the Seventh District should have applied an abuse-of-discretion standard and that its expansive view of security records under R.C. 149.433(A) is contrary to Ohio Supreme Court precedent.