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Civil Practice: Sunshine Law Request-Discovery-Attorney Fees

Where appellant, who had submitted a Sunshine Law request to a city for documents connected with allegations of criminal conduct by a police officer, challenged the denial of his request to view an unredacted copy of the relevant report, the city properly filed a petition under Section 610.027 to determine the scope of the appropriate exemptions and redactions, and the trial court did not err in conducting a hearing, but the judgment is reversed and remanded in part because the court erred in declining to consider the appellant’s request for attorney fees and costs.

Judgment is affirmed in part; reversed; remanded.

City of Byrnes Mill v. Limesand (MLW No. 74487/Case No. ED107847 – 19 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, Odenwald, J.) Appealed from circuit court, Jefferson County, Rathert, J. (David E. Roland for appellant) (Allison M. Sweeney for respondent).