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Norfolk would rather go naked than retain text messages

In Norfolk Circuit Court (case no. CL14-175), an important battle is being waged over two laws critical to open government: FOIA and the Virginia Public Records Act.

On the one side stand well-known advocacy groups: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia (ACLU-Va). On the other side is the City of Norfolk.

At stake, among other things, is whether FOIA provides any meaningful access to records not in the direct possession of a government agency and whether non-compliance with the Public Records Act’s requirements means anything in FOIA cases.

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