From the Sunherald:

After a day-long hearing closed to the public for several hours, Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel said Wednesday she will rule later on a public records lawsuit the Sun Herald filed in January against the state Department of Marine Resources and State Auditor’s Office.

The Sun Herald filed requests with the DMR in November and January for agency financial records. Using language similar to the wording in the newspaper’s written request, the State Auditor’s Office then subpoenaed the records and took them.

The auditor’s office argues the documents are now investigative reports exempt from the state Public Records Act.

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