HURST FOIA SUIT AGAINST CITY SET FOR OCT 10 COURT DATE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 4, 2017
Hurst FOIA Suit Against City Set for Oct. 10th Court Date
Norfolk, Va. – On Monday October 2nd, 2017, Terry Hurst filed a petition for declaratory, mandamus and injunctive relief with the Norfolk Circuit Court alleging multiple violations of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the City of Norfolk. A court date has been set for October 10th at 9am.
Hurst was motivated to file his FOIA requests after reading a Virginian-Pilot article from July alleging the city told the Pilot it had destroyed records relating to an investigation of contracts for the city jail under Sheriff Bob McCabe that it later produced in response to an FBI subpoena.
“To take the city at its word that it did not improperly destroy records, you would have to agree it originally gave the newspaper inaccurate information. I wanted to see the emails between the City and the Pilot to determine if this was deliberate. After multiple attempts to acquire the emails, it appears the city’s FOIA office is willing to do almost anything to delay, distract and prevent them from coming to light,” says Hurst.
Hurst’s petition details missed statutory deadlines for responses, deceptive billing practices, and evidence of bad faith negotiations for more time to respond to his requests. After appealing to Norfolk City Council members to intervene twice by email and a final time in person at the September 26th council meeting, Hurst was promised by Deputy City Attorney Jack Cloud that he would have the documents by Tuesday October 3rd or would call Hurst to notify him of the delay.
As of the time of this press release, no documents have been received and no call has been received.
A Navy veteran and father of six children educated in Norfolk Public Schools, Hurst is running for the 89th District House of Delegates seat and lives in the Belvedere neighborhood. He is the director of data management and analytics on a multiple federal contracts and graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice.
More information about Terry Hurst and his campaign can be found at www.TerryHurst.com, or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ElectTerryHurst.