Bristol County seized fund logbook

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Bristol County District Attorney's Office of Bristol County, MA.
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the Bristol County District Attorney's "Seized Fund Logbook."

I also request that all fees be waived as I am a journalist -- employed by the Boston Globe and MuckRock -- and intend to use the requested information to educate the public.

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.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

I have still not received any acknowledgement of the below public records request, which i submitted to the district attorney's office on Sept. 23. Please confirm that you have received this request, and provide me with an expected completion date.

Thank you,
Todd Feathers

From: Bristol County District Attorney's Office

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: Bristol County District Attorney's Office

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Todd Feathers

Mr. Sutter and Mr. Rose,

Please confirm that you have received the below public records request. I submitted the request over a month ago and have received no response. State law gives you 10 days to acknowledge and respond to a public records request.

If you have not acknowledged this request by Thursday, I will be forced to file an appeal and complaint with the state supervisor of records.

Todd Feathers
608-698-5806

From: Cho, Yul-mi (DAA)

Dear Mr. Feathers:

In response to your public records request dated September 23, 2014, please find attached response and report.
The same has been mailed to you this afternoon.

If you should require further assistance, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you very much.

Best,
Yul-mi Cho

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From: Todd Feathers

Yul-mi,

Thank you for the documents you provided, but as you pointed out in your earlier correspondence they are not the documents I requested. You wrote in your Nov. 4 letter that the "Seized Asset Logbook" contains exempt material -- namely the names of persons -- and is therefore exempt from disclosure.

But Massachusetts law requires that the custodian of a record, when reasonable, redact exempt portions of a public document in order to properly disclose the non-exempt portions of that same document. Police, for instance, redact names and identifying information from arrest reports before releasing the rest of the document.

I have seen seized asset logbooks from several other district attorney's offices. Unless the Bristol County logbook id drastically different, it should be organized similarly to an excel spreadsheet -- with all the names and other identifying information in columns. I therefore ask that you redact personally identifying information and provide me with the material that is a public record.

I am primarily interested in the dollar amounts for each seizure, the date, and the agency that seized the assets.

If you would like to further discuss this request, please do not hesitate to call me.

Thank you very much for your help,
Todd Feathers
608-698-5806

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Cho, Yul-mi (DAA)

Mr. Feathers,

I am in receipt of your follow up email.
I have not seen how other district attorneys’ offices keep their seized fund logbook. Thus I cannot say whether our information is kept differently from theirs.
Regardless, I do not believe that we are in a position to send you any additional material.

But I would like to further discuss the issue with a colleague on Monday.
I will endeavor to respond to your follow up email as quickly as possible.

Thank you.

Yul-mi Cho

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Cho, Yul-mi (DAA)

Mr. Feathers,
I apologize for the delay. I try to respond to your follow up letter soon.
Yul-mi Cho

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Cho, Yul-mi (DAA)

Mr. Feathers,

Thank you for your continued patience.
I will make further inquiries about your request today.
Thank you, again.

Yul-mi Cho

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Cho, Yul-mi (DAA)

Mr. Feathers,

I apologize for the delay and appreciate your continued patience.
I have been working to comply with your request and hope to respond very soon.

Yul-mi Cho

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Cho, Yul-mi (DAA)

Mr. Feathers,

I am still working on your request.
Thank you for your continued patience.

Yul-mi

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Cho, Yul-mi (DAA)

Dear Mr. Feathers. I apologize for the long delay. I am still working on this list. Thank you for your patience. Yul-mi Cho

From: Bristol County District Attorney's Office

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Bristol County District Attorney's Office

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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