Archive for Friday, December 2, 2011

Johnson County Community College settles Open Records lawsuit with former student journalist

December 2, 2011


— Johnson County Community College has settled a lawsuit with a former student who sued after the school asked for $47,000 to meet an open records request.

Marcus Clem and the Student Press Law Center sued the college in October, accusing it of charging excessive fees to produce public documents.

The 21-year-old Clem, of Stiwell, sought seven months of emails between a college employee who had been fired and the employee's supervisor.

School officials said it would cost $47,000 to compensate for the time and expense of satisfying the request.

This week, the school gave Clem three months of emails. It charged $450, which the law center paid.

The Kansas City Star reported that Clem, who dropped classes after filing the lawsuit, shared the documents with the college's student newspaper.


ignatius_j_reilly 6 years, 5 months ago

Such great news. That's awesome. Every public official working in a public building is working for us, so they should act like it.

Jonathan Fox 6 years, 5 months ago

JCCC has been having money struggles for a while. This is not the way to make up for it. Way to go. $45,000 is outrageous.

parrothead8 6 years, 5 months ago

JCCC must need better employees if it takes $47,000 worth of their time to bring up seven months worth of emails.

kochmoney 6 years, 5 months ago

If they'd had to go through seven months of emails that were already in who knows what sort of archive format and individually read them all to redact names and other sensitive information, I could see it costing a lot, but in the KC star article it mentions that they were wanting to charge $10k for two days of emails, and that's a wee bit excessive.

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