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.