In response to our recent column, Pittsfield police say they will not prevent future loss of evidence, while Berkshire DA calls his office’s failure to review evidence before a court date fair and ethical
Western Mass city loses police records, DA keeps failure secret
In the Commonwealth, even paying for public records doesn’t guarantee you’ll get them
They repeated these falsehoods to Kane-McGunigle, us, the Boston Globe, and to Galvin’s office.
Please excuse any sentimental camaraderie, but we do hope that you’ll join the chorus and echo our complaints.
If my public records request had been an embryo, my paper baby would be a month old by now.
To be fair, it might be awkward for Healey to pursue violations given that her own office has trouble following the public records law.
If the best parts of the Senate bill survive and the worst provisions in the House bill are scrapped, then the Massachusetts public records law might become a little bit less broken.
There are a few possible solutions. One would be giving Galvin’s office more power to enforce the law. Another would be to streamline the process by eliminating Galvin’s role entirely and having the AG’s office handle the process from start to finish.
All things considered, the supervisor of records needs to be removed regardless of whether the current push for an update to the public records law passes.