Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Ohio Supreme Court DUI public record suit

An article in this morning’s Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the newspaper filed a writ of mandamus with the Ohio Supreme Court yesterday, seeking the names of all Ohio residents convicted of DUI offenses. ( Here )

The Enquirer request stems from a May 2nd. article in which the paper revealed that “almost 36,000 Ohio drivers had five or more DUI convictions. The Department of Public Safety refused, citing privacy issues and technical issues, including the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act.

Ohio Revised Code § 4501.27, the state’s equivalent, is also cited in the paper’s initial filings., the Enquirer’s position being that both the state and federal statutary doesn’t include court cases or driving violations under their umbrella.

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