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PR 16-53 Shorey v. City of Pawtucket - Violation

The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when it failed to timely respond to his APRA request and when it withheld a requested document pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(K) as a "working paper" and/or "work product." We found that the City timely responded to the APRA request because the ten business day period to respond excludes weekends and holidays. We also found that the document did not constitute a "working paper" or "work product" based on our in camera review of the document. After weighing the public interest in disclosure against any privacy interests, we found that there was some public interest in disclosure and that the privacy interests and law enforcement concerns could be adequately protected through redaction. Accordingly, we found that the City violated the APRA when it failed to release the requested document in a redacted manner. The City was directed to do so.

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