Once again, a government agency has sued a public records requester – this time the Orlando Sentinel – simply for making a request for public records. That’s just wrong. The lawsuit arises out of the very important public controversy the paper has been covering concerning Frank Kruppenbacher, a prominent Orlando lawyer, who resigned as the lawyer for the Florida Virtual School in August. The resignation came as the school’s board of trustees hired an outside law firm to investigate Kruppenbacher’s conduct. That probe and an audit determined the lawyer had used FLVS employees for his own outside work, paid his daughter’s boyfriend to investigate a former FLVS employee, and likely made “boorish” comments to female workers. The paper, as newspapers do, reported on the unfolding story and made requests for public records related to the controversy, so journalists could examine FLVS’s actions and then inform readers. Easy enough.
Read the full article published in the Orlando Sentinel: Virtual School’s lawsuit against Sentinel is wrong