FBI/DOJ FOIA consult (Baltimore County Police Department)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Baltimore County Police Department of Baltimore County, MD.
Multi Request FBI/DOJ FOIA consult
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of any emails, letters, memos or other records of consultations regarding public records requests (FOI/FOIL/FOIA etc.) with either the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Agency components.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

From: Baltimore County Police Department

Dear Ms. Best:

I received your Maryland Public Information Act Request of August 26, 2019 from the Baltimore County Police Department, Legal Section. I have not received any records to date, but will advise you when I do.

Is there a specific time frame that you are targeting? Also, are there any key words that you can provide to assist me with the search?


Vickie L. Wash, Esq.
Assistant County Attorney
Office of Law
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, MD 21204

From: Baltimore County Police Department

Hi, I am circling back to you since I have not received a response. Can you please give me more specific information so that I can conduct a proper search?

I am unclear about what you mean when you say "consultations regarding public record requests". Also, I need specific time frame.

Thanks, Vickie


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