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Attorney Believes City Of East Lansing Violated Freedom Of Information Act

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EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - A local defense lawyer is accusing the city of East Lansing of giving people the run-around when requesting information.

Information they're legally "entitled to" under law.

6 News Mariah Harrison met with both sides Thursday to tell us why a court case could be on the docket.

"Do you know by chance why you're being pulled over this evening? No, I don't."

For the most-part law enforcement releases dash cam video without much resistance. A local attorney tells 6 News that isn't the case in East Lansing anymore.

Local Defense Attorney Andrew Abood filed suit against the city of East Lansing for what he believes is a violation of the freedom of information act – or FOIA.

“Because the state police did some type of audit they found there were some LEIN violations,” said Andrew Abood, attorney, Abood Law.

LEIN, the law enforcement information network. The network protects certain information, necessary to investigations.

Officials say certain FOIA requests endanger the information and that's the push behind the newly adopted court order.

"It appears that this is only happening in this local area,” said Abood.

"The information is still getting to the attorneys who need it. And I don't understand what Mr. Abood's complaint is,” said Tom Yeadon, attorney, City of East Lansing.

City attorney Tom Yeadon doesn't see the reason for the suit.

The new policy has been in place for about two months. When someone requests information from the city through FOIA, they are told the information is protected and cannot be released. However, they can file a court order for the same information.

“We're freely giving the information out we understand that there's a need for the defense attorneys to have the information,” said Yeadon.

"We've asked for a judicial review of that policy,” said Abood.

Now the decision is in the hands of an East Lansing judge.
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