Lee County Sheriff emails re: #NoDAPL August 23-October 5, 2016

Christopher Schiano filed this request with the Lee County Sheriff of Lee County, IA.


From: Christopher Thomas

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law (Code Chapter 22), I hereby request the following records:

Any email sent or received by any employee of the Lee County Sheriff between the dates of August 23, 2016 and October 5, 2016 which contains the keyword "#NoDAPL".

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, as the statute requires.


Christopher Thomas
Investigative Journalist, Unicorn Riot - an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit

From: Jim Sholl

October 24, 2016
Christopher Thomas
Investigative Journalist, Unicorn riot
RE: October 18, 2016 Open Records Request.

Dear Mr. Thomas:
Pursuant to Iowa Code Section 22.7(5) (attached) peace officer's investigative reports "and specific portions of electronic email...if that information is part of an ongoing investigation..." are public records that shall be kept confidential. Iowa Code Section 22.7(5) (2016) ; see also Neer v. State, 798 N.W. 2d 349 (Iowa Ct. App.2011). Because the records you seek are part on an ongoing investigation and are confidential, they shall not be produced. Please contact me with any questions.

Very truly yours, Sheriff Jim Sholl

From: Christopher Thomas

Sheriff Sholl,

What is the formal procedure for appealing the denial of a records request made to your department? I consider this denial to be improper and I wish to formally appeal. Thank you.

Christopher Thomas
Journalist, Unicorn Riot