Freelance writer alleges Ripley mayor refused to honor FIOA requests

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 23, 2018

RIPLEY — A freelance writer is suing the city of Ripley and its mayor, alleging breach of duty.

Jay Lawrence Smith filed a complaint March 26 in Jackson Circuit Court against Ripley Mayor Carolyn Rader and the city of Ripley, alleging the defendants failed to respond to the plaintiff's Freedom of Information Act requests.

According to the complaint, between June 4-July 16, 2016, Smith made numerous requests to the defendants to answer his valid request as a freelance legal researcher and journalist and provide information about the case of two police officers who were terminated by the city and charged with criminally lewd or lascivious acts with minor women. 

Smith says he received no answer from the defendants or any of their agents regarding his FOIA requests that exceeded the 23 days beyond the statutory deadline to respond. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to answer either of Smith's FOIA requests as required by the law. He alleges this not only demonstrated themselves to be incompetent but also derelict in their duties.

Smith seeks trial by jury, permanent injunction, court costs, reasonable attorney fees and all other relief the court deems just and proper. He is representing himself.

Jackson Circuit Court case number 18-C-24

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