Va. Newspaper Prevails in Freedom of Information Lawsuit

October 28, 2010

The parent company of The Roanoke Times has prevailed in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the city of Radford.

Times-World LLC received an uncensored portion of a document that initially had names and other information redacted.

The newspaper had sought copies of a FOIA request made by a Radford employee for documents about the city's investigation into a 2008 harassment investigation.

The newspaper argued that the employee's FOIA requests were public records and must be released in full. A judge rejected the city's claims that the redacted portions were exempt as personnel files.

Radford also paid more than $11,500 this week for the newspaper's legal expenses.

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