Castle Rock, CO

DougCo Board must address CORA denials or go to court

Suzie Glassman

By Suzie Glassman/NewsBreak Denver

(Castle Rock, CO) Steve Zansberg, attorney and president of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, sent a five-page document on behalf of his client, Robert Marshall, to the DougCo board of directors requesting the Douglas County records custodian release several records under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) or face a lawsuit.

In an email to the board and district attorneys Monday, Marshall said, "No one likes to litigate, as it is always more expensive and time-consuming than anyone plans.

"But the continued refusal of this board to engage in open and transparent government in violation of Colorado's decades-old Sunshine Laws leaves no alternative unless one simply wants to ignore government secrecy and misconduct. I do not."

Marshall announced his plans to issue the 14-day letter to the board during public comment at last month's board meeting.

Colorado law dictates that individuals must notify the records custodian in writing if they plan to file a lawsuit 14 days before doing so. The custodian must try to resolve the dispute before going to court.

Nothing less than handing over the requested documents will keep Marshall and his attorneys from pursuing the matter in Douglas County District Court.

Read more about the specific documents Marshall requested here.

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