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Law firm gets $41K in public records case over dashcam, is suing again to find out what city spent


An Oklahoma city must pay its opponent’s $41,000 legal bill in an open-records case over police dashcam footage.

Costs of a little less than $1,400 were included in the award to Ward & Lee by a Rogers County judge on Friday, reports the Claremore World. The law firm had sought more than $62,500, while the city of Claremore argued that the correct total was only $18,260.

The state supreme court declined to hear an appeal by the city last October, leaving in place an appellate court ruling that determined dashcam footage is public under the Oklahoma Open Records Act. An Oklahoman article published at the time of the appellate ruling provides details.

The same law firm is now suing Claremore again in a new open-records case, the newspaper notes. At issue is whether the city must make public records concerning how much it spent in legal bills on the dashcam case.

Hat tip: Associated Press

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