None of the forty individual requests is as broad as, for instance, what Congress has been demanding regarding the IRS persecution of conservative political groups. And in the course of my centuries (okay, three decades) of experience in TV news, I have sent requests worded much more broadly than these to local officials in Tucson and other communities, and have achieved good results. Remember when Pima Community College was initially refusing to divulge any records at all about Jared Lee Loughner, the madman who shot all those people in 2011, on the grounds that federal law protected his privacy? When a judge removed that excuse, the college granted the public records requests and wound up releasing every document it possessed containing Loughner’s name—by any author, sent to any author, on any date, on any subject. My station received 22,000 pages of documents. That was a broad public records request. But we got the documents.
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