Montana Criminal Defamation Arrests (Great Falls Police Dept.)

Adam Steinbaugh filed this request with the Great Falls Police Dept. of Great Falls, MT.
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Multi Request Montana Criminal Defamation Arrests


From: Adam Steinbaugh

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Montana Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of any initial arrest report (or initial offense report) alleging or involving a violation of Mont. Code § 45-8-212, or in which the general nature of charges includes the words "defamation," "defamatory," "defamed," "libel," "libeled," "slander," or "slandered." This request is limited to reports generated on or after January 1, 2019.

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 business days.


Adam Steinbaugh


Good morning Mr. Steinbaugh,

The Great Falls Police Department received the attached request for police records. Please submit this request via our normal process through our JustFOIA portal for tracking reasons and to agree to terms prior to processing:

Please note that once submitted, the response time will be longer than 10 days. This information is not readily available via a report so further investigation will need to be conducted to see what responsive information may be gathered, and if found, redactions will likely be required.

Also note that incident reports are confidential criminal justice information as defined by Montana Code Annotated § 44-5-103(3) and cannot be disseminated in response to your request. However, the Call For Service (CFS) command log/dispatch log is considered public criminal justice information and may be released to you if available.

We do not have a time/charge estimate at this time, as it is dependent on the number of responsive records, which is currently unknown. Charges will be based on my time at that point.


Robin Beatty
Great Falls City Legal Department - Civil Division
2 Park Drive South, P.O. Box 5021
Great Falls, MT 59403-5021


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Thank you for submitting a request for records.

Your request security key is 142487.
Your request reference number is Request Number: 2022-73.

Please have this security key and reference number available when communicating with our staff regarding your request.

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From: Great Falls Police Dept.

Good Morning Adam - the Legal Department reported that there were two reports investigated/charged under MCA § 45-8-212 during the time period requested. As previously communicated, the police reports are confidential and not releasable.

The Call for Services records responsive to your request have been uploaded to the public portal: To access the records, you will need the security key and request # provided after you submitted the initial request.

Please do not hesitate to respond to this email if you have any problems accessing the records.

Best regards,

Lisa Kunz
City Clerk/Records Manager



The request Request Number: 2022-73 has been completed.

Thank you,

Lisa Kunz
City Clerk/Records Manager

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