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Smith County Commissioners File Suit With State Attorney General's Office

Monday morning, commissioners decided to file a lawsuit with the State after it denied a request to keep certain county jail plan documents confidential.

Ken W. Good with the "What Part of No" jail opposition group said those documents contain proof that commissioners broke the law.

"This has everything in the world to do with what did this commissioners court do before they released this jail plan, said Good.  "Under the law in the State of Texas, if they develop a plan in secret, that's a violation of the Open Meetings Act."

JoAnn Fleming, Smith County Commissioner, said no such violation occurred. 

She said the issue goes even further than that. 

"We have discovered a flaw, a great flaw in the Open Records Act," she said.  The floor plans of detention facilities where dangerous people are held can be made public."  Releasing that information can put law enforcement officers and jail employees in danger, she said.

County Judge Joel Baker said he expected the suit to be filed Monday afternoon.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.   llivingston@kltv.com

 

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