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September 19, 2014, 6:50 am
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Judge Orders Files To Be Released, City Demands Trial


A Sangamon County judge says the media and public should have access to police internal affairs files that remain with the City of Springfield.

 

Judge John Schmidt says the public has a right to view the files that still remain after more than two dozen internal affairs files were destroyed.

 

Those files were requested by members of the media. It's unclear if the police union will appeal that decision.

 

Meanwhile, attorneys for the city claim that Calvin Christian, the plaintiff in a potential six figure lawsuit over destroyed files, knew in advance about the document retention policy change and colluded with attorneys in filing a Freedom of Information Act request in hopes of a big payout.

 

Christian tells 970 WMAY's Frank McNeil that the city is on a fishing expedition.

 

The city has demanded a trial in the case.

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