DMR agrees public entitled to agency records

Faced with a lawsuit, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources agreed today to give the Sun Herald agency documents the newspaper seeks under the state’s Public Records Act.

The Sun Herald filed a lawsuit Jan. 16 in Chancery Court after DMR denied access to the records, citing the criminal investigations exemption to the public records law. The Sun Herald argued the exemption does not apply because DMR is not a law enforcement agency.

The two sides were scheduled for an expedited hearing this morning before Chancery Court Judge Jennifer Schloegel.

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