Monthly Archives: September 2014

The case of the withheld mugshots

Ten days ago, the Daily Press reported that it had been unable to get copies of certain booking photos (a.k.a. mugshots). The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires the release of booking photos in most circumstances. Attention thus far seems to have focused on two aspects of the Virginia State Police’s refusal to disclose the photos. This post calls attention to other aspects of the troubling refusal to disclose — based on the information available so far, State Police’s reported rationale doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.

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