BOISE GUARDIAN editor David R. Frazier has a right to a copy of security video showing a game of “strip hockey” at Boise City’s Ice World, despite Boise City’s denial of a public records request.
Senior Judge George D. Carey issued a judgement following a Tuesday trial in Fourth District Court overturning the City’s denial. Frazier appeared as his own attorney and presented arguments and evidence contesting the City’s defense which claimed the video was exempt from disclosure under national security-type exemptions.
The City said disclosure of the video would compromise the security system which is designed to deter criminal acts of “pranksters, bullies, vandals, thieves, or TERRORISTS.”
Judge Carey ruled that Frazier was correct and the City was wrong. He awarded Frazier all costs of the suit with the exception of attorney fees since Frazier is not a licensed attorney.
“I am not a lawyer. I just play one in court,” quipped Frazier.
At issue was video made by the City’s security camera showing hockey players engaged in what was described as a “team building exercise.” If the players missed a shot, they removed an article of clothing. An irate mother called the “Mayor’s Hotline complaining of the scantily clad youths.
The GUARDIAN published the ORIGINAL ACCOUNT October 27, 2009 and soon requested the video. City officials denied the request, prompting the civil law suit.
Frazier said the reason for bringing suit against the city was to “preserve the right of all citizens to view public documents–including videos–under the provisions of the Idaho Public Records Law. “
He noted the last time video from a city camera made the news it showed a police chief and city official carrying stolen property back into the city hall. (That was under a previous administration and led to jail time for former Mayor Brent Coles and his chief of staff)
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