Like a well-worn 45, many of my critics love to play the “gotcha” song. It goes something like “Chandler tricks public officials into committing technical violations of the Public Records Act and then he files ‘gotcha’ lawsuits when he catches them.”
Those accusations are, of course, poppycock. If I filed a lawsuit every time I witnessed a technical violation of the Public Records Act I wouldn’t have time to eat or sleep. Such violations are so common that if I was so inclined and if I had the means to do it, I could have filed thousands of public records lawsuits rather than the paltry few hundred that I have filed (and won).
I don’t make anyone do anything. I simply show up (sometimes with amazingly well-communicated plans and announcements) and I make a simple public records request. The rest is up to the folks with custody of the public records I’m asking for.
Watch the video and decide for yourself.