Moody, Texas – In a lightning-quick response, the Attorney General’s Office responded to a complaint by Legendary Reporter R.S. Gates.
Lance Kutnick, an assistant Attorney General, determined that the DA’s office violated “various sections” of the Public Information Act by withholding requested information in the murder of Caitlynn Reed, a young mother of two who perished from a gunshot wound at her home near Tokio:
When he originally requested the information in May, Assistant District Attorney Mark Parker determined that since the matter is under investigation, no information would be given.
The DA’s office defied an opinion issued on Oct. 4 that Parker erred by not seeking an opinion from the Attorney General’s office.
” I have never seen a determination (made) this quickly,” said Gates. “I sent the e-mail yesterday.”
Mr. Kutnick wrote:
November 3, 2014
“…The McLennan County District Attorney Office violated various section(s) of the Public Information Act. The McLennan County D.A. should have sought an opinion from the Texas Attorney General on whether or not it had to release information to R.S. Gates instead of making that determination on its own in its letter to R.S. Gates on May 13, 2014…
“…The McLennan County District Attorney has four days after receipt of this notice to cure the alleged violation(s). The McLennan County District Attorney office should release to R.S. Gates all documents that he requested that are allowed to be released to him pursuant to the PIA and as specified in OR2014-18158 and which have not already been released to Mr. Gates on October 23, 2014.
“Lance Kutnick, Assistant Attorney General”
Kutnick also said the DA’s staff should double check the file to determine if information requested in May was in the file at the time of the request, and if so, it, too, should be turned over, including text messages.
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