Mugshot law signed — public record status preserved

ATLANTA — It will now be illegal for publications such as Mugshots.com to obtain arrest booking photos in Georgia, post them on websites and charge people to have them removed — and little damage was done to the state’s public records laws in the process. Gov. Nathan Deal ratified HB 845 in his office Thursday.…

Government transparency directly related to our liberty

In his book “Transparent Government: What it Means and How you can Make it Happen,” Donald Gordan quotes Patrick Henry’s words from the June 9, 1788 Virginia Constitutional Convention: “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” Gordon, who teaches…

Time to champion Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week 2014 begins Sunday, March 16. The Transparency Project encourages all open government advocates, newspapers, watchdog groups and public officials who believe in the importance of government transparency to join us in highlighting this week long effort. The American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press are encouraging open…

Attorney-client privilege is a misnomer, often abused

Principle should always matter more than precedence or practice. As a matter of principle, government attorneys should represent the governed, first and foremost. In precedent and practice, however, it appears government lawyers cater their representation to elected officials themselves. Anyone employed with public monies should work for the public. If an attorney is hired to…