Former inmate sues Correctional Facility Authority for copies of videos and photos

By Gene Johnson | Oct 8, 2015

CHARLESTON – A former inmate at a Kanawha County correctional facility is suing the institution for not releasing, at request, copies and videos of him during his stay at a regional jail.

Shane R. Marcum filed a lawsuit against the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority on Sept. 3 in Kanawha Circuit Court, citing a violation of the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act in seeking any and all inmate records for his stay at the authority’s Western Regional Jail in February.

According to the complaint, on July 15, Marcum filed a FOIA request and on July 24 the correctional facility authority provided some of the documentation he requested, except for copies of videos and photos of him. He is seeking copies of video from an unspecified incident between himself and correctional officers and an undated incident when flash bang grenades were thrown into his cell, causing burns, an exhibit filed with the complaint states.

Marcum, who is seeking that the circuit court order the correctional facility authority to release the copies of video and photos of him, is being represented by Paul M. Stroebel of Stroebel & Johnson PLLC in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 15-C-1668

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