CONCORD — Unsatisfied with the way NH State Police responded to a reporter's public records request, the Union Leader filed a lawsuit last month that aims to force the government to fork over more information about what happened in October at the Sununu Youth Services Center.
An attorney for the newspaper said during a court hearing Wednesday that the records would further the news outlet's reporting on a timely topic of public interest, as lawmakers discuss legislation to postpone the planned closure of the tumult-stricken juvenile detention facility.
But an attorney for the NH Department of Safety claimed the newspaper's legal argument is so obviously wrong that a judge should dismiss the lawsuit, deem it "frivolous" and order the outlet to cover the state's attorney fees.
Here's a rundown of what's happened so far, according to court records:
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