Communications regarding American Border Foundation

BCCJ Admin filed this request with the Bristol County Sheriff's Office of Bristol County, MA.
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Communications

From: BCCJ Admin


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

March 3, 2021

Lorraine Rousseau, ESQ.
Records Access Officer
Bristol County Sheriff’s Office
400 Faunce Corner Road
N. Dartmouth, MA 02747

Dear Atty. Rousseau:

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

1. Documents, emails and email attachments from 2016 to through 2021 related to communications with any officers, agents, or employees of the American Border Foundation, including but not limited to: Quentin Kramer. Gary Dolan, Ryan Bosi, Jeremy Messina, Kristen Keenan, Jon Brimus, or Bill (William) Havre;
2. Documents, emails and email attachments from 2016 to through 2021 related to communications referencing a corporation with EIN 82-2806040;
3. Documents, emails and email attachments from 2016 to through 2021 with sender or recipient email addresses ending in fundthewall.com; sheriffswall.org; fairus.org; cis.org; and aviac.us;
4. Documents, emails and email attachments from 2016 to through 2021 related to crowdfunded border wall fundraising or the transmittal of border wall construction funds collected by the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) or sheriffs and deputies, regardless of membership in the NSA;
5. Documents, emails and email attachments from 2016 to through 2021 related to the transmittal of crowdfunded border wall donations to any unit of the Department of Homeland Security (the existence of this document is mentioned in a Reuters article);

We request that any fees be waived as this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge.

We ask that information be returned in an electronically accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Our email is bristol.county.justice@gmail.com.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,
Rafael Pizarro
Alex Houston

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

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

BCCJ Admin

From: BCCJ Admin

This is a reminder that we need a timely response to our request for communications related to Sheriff Hodgson's involvement with the American Border Foundation, as required by the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10.

From: BCCJ Admin

This is a second reminder that we need a response to our request for communications related to Sheriff Hodgson's involvement with the American Border Foundation, as required by the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10.

From: Bristol County Sheriff's Office

Mssr. Pizarro & Houston,

The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office (“BCSO”) is in receipt of your request for public records dated March 3, 2020 requesting communications to numerous entities and individuals between 2016 and 2021. Your request for 5 years of documents is quite extensive.

Accordingly, your request is under review and we will provide you with a further response regarding its status when complete. Further, we will provide you with an estimate of the cost to process your request.

Due to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and corresponding State of Emergency in Massachusetts there may be some delays in responding to public records requests. We will do our best to respond to your request within a reasonable timeframe given these extraordinary circumstances. Thank you for your patience.

Thank you,
Robert Heroux, Esq.

From: BCCJ Admin

Mr. Heroux,

We assume that all of the communications we seek are electronic. In this case emails, file attachments, and files stored on your document server should be relatively easy to search. We also imagine that the quantity of responsive documents is fairly small, so if minor redactions are necessary this will also not be time-consuming.

If it makes the search easier, you may limit it to stored emails and server-based files that are electronically searchable. The names of individuals, corporations, identifiers and nouns in our original request provide a convenient keyword list and a properly constructed search will return results fairly quickly. If you would like us to file a new request for electronic-only documents we can do so, or you may consider this a narrowing of the previous request.

The fact of a COVID-19 emergency does not invalidate the 10 day response requirement. BCSO staff has enough time to conduct public relations campaigns, tour the border, and post voluminous messages on Facebook and Twitter. Please have a response for us in 10 days, as the law requires.

BCCJ Research

From: Bristol County Sheriff's Office

I sent a response by postage mail to the Sinnercille address. Please let me know if you have received it
Bob Heroux

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