That’s what’s happening with all three agencies in this case, with each one putting their own unique spin on how to circumvent the rules.
BRIC OF ICE: FEEBLE STATE RECORDS LAW AIDS ICE IN MA
What’s less known is that here in Massachusetts, our feeble public records law is helping to bolster these efforts by obscuring the process through which local officials share information with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
SHIRLEY, YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS
A reporter’s fight to learn more about harassment in a small town’s police department
OPERATION INTIMIDATION IN THE MERRIMACK VALLEY
A noise complaint in Haverhill might lead to an armored truck on your doorstep
EXPECT DELAYS: IN MASS, WE NOW HAVE TO WAIT MONTHS FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUESTS
The fact is that the update makes it easy and legal for agencies to delay for months and leaves it entirely possible that any agency or municipality can lawfully delay providing records indefinitely.