Frank LoMonte Comments on the Lack of Criminal Charges for Denying Records Requests
Frank LoMonte, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information was quoted in “Criminal Charges Rare in Public Records Violations” published in the Palm Beach Post on Dec. 8.
The article focuses on the lack of criminal charges against public officials for violating open records laws in Florida.
“It’s very challenging to get a prosecutor to take an open records violation seriously as a criminal offense because violations are so habitual and routine, it’s like trying to put someone in jail for driving over 55 mph on the highway,” said LoMonte. “The law is so widely winked at, prosecutors hesitate to single someone out and make an example of them.”