Investigation regarding William Pryor

J.K. Trotter filed this request with the Alabama Department of Public Safety of Alabama.


From: J.K. Trotter

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Alabama's Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all documents or reports, dated between January 1 1996 and December 31 1998, pertaining to an investigation, conducted by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, into photos that appeared online that allegedly depicted an individual named William Pryor (or Bill Pryor). Documents requested include screenshots, if any, of any pages listed on the website on or around September 17, 1997.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.


J.K. Trotter


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 21, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Jarrett, Sergeant Steven

Mr. Trotter,

I was under the impression that Haran Lowe from our Legal Unit was handling your request. Please contact him at:

Sergeant Steve Jarrett
Public Information/Education
Alabama Department of Public Safety

From: MuckRock

Mr. Lowe,

Please confirm receipt and processing of this request. To date, we have received no acknowledgement.

Thank you.

From: Lowe, Haran

Dear Mr. Trotter

Your email was forwarded to me for review and response. After reviewing your request it would appear that under the current U. S. Supreme Court decision and the Alabama Code I am sorry that the Department of Public Safety will not be able to comply with your Alabama's Public Records Law request, for the following reasons.

1. The records of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation are restricted in nature and do not come under the law.
2. The records of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation can only be released by a subpoena issued by Alabama Court.
3. It is not possible to even begin to search for the information on the person or persons that you seek with just a name.
4. That as I am sure you are aware the Alabama's Public Records Law is limited both in scope and who may my view documents under the Alabama law.
5. Under Alabama's Public Records Law an authorized person my come to where the documents are kept to view and make copies, if they are not protected. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is under no duty to produce documents in either paper of electronically under the law.

if there is anything else I can do please feel free to contact me

From: Lowe, Haran

This massage was replied to and denied 10/07/2013.


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