SC officials charged with violating FOIA

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Three current and one former commissioner of a South Carolina fire district face charges they violated the state's open meetings law by barring a reporter from a meeting.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports Wednesday the Holly Springs Fire and Rescue commissioners are set to appear in court Sept. 21. A judge signed their summonses this week.

Hometown News reporter Jay King says they tried to throw him out of a June meeting and ignored his explanation of the Freedom of Information Act.

Chairman Ryan Phillips acknowledges the board didn't follow the law but says it didn't know the law at the time.

Violating it is a misdemeanor punishable by a $100 fine or up to 30 days in jail on first offense.

The commissioners' recent firing of the chief has divided the community.

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treerock
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treerock 08/11/10 - 10:30 am
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i didn't know that exceeding

i didn't know that exceeding the speed limit was against the law either, but the court summons says otherwise. what a lame excuse, i mean explanation for their actions.

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baronvonreich 08/11/10 - 10:41 am
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Ignorance is not

Ignorance is not justification for breaking the law regardless how dumb of a bubba you are.

OJP
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OJP 08/11/10 - 11:09 am
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"FOIA" generally is used to

"FOIA" generally is used to refer to the federal statute. But the article references the "state's open meetings law".

Which is it? Or is it both?

flipa
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flipa 08/11/10 - 12:11 pm
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Lets see if tax users will

Lets see if tax users will throw tax users in jail like they would a tax payer??? Double standard... one set of laws for the tax U-S-E-R-S another COMPLETELY different set of laws for the tax payers. Join the National Tax payers Union. Redirect your taxes from being used against U.S and BREAKING THE LAW as here back to being used for U.S. as claimed.

www.NTU.org

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Ushouldnthave 08/11/10 - 05:44 pm
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FOIA is such a typical

FOIA is such a typical convoluted federal law that any wise public official should have an FOIA educated lawyer with them at any official function. OJP it's both. Federal law enforced by the states (like Obamacare).

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rmwhitley 08/11/10 - 07:44 pm
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It seems (some?) elected

Unpublished

It seems (some?) elected officials are intelligent enough to gain public office, yet (claim) ignorant of existing laws.

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