Hauge on Gun Club Attorney’s Public Records RequestSeptember 28th, 2010 by Chris Henry
At Monday’s Kitsap County Commissioners Meeting, Regina Taylor, attorney for the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club brought before the board a problem she’d had that day getting some materials from the county GIS department, which makes maps.
Taylor said she wanted topographical maps in connection with a lawsuit filed by Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge against the gun club earlier this month. The suit alleges code violations and unsafe operations at the club, in Central Kitsap.
Taylor said a GIS staff member at first told her the documents she requested could be provided. The staff member said an estimate of the cost and the time it would take to produce the maps would be forthcoming. When Taylor didn’t hear back, she called the department and was told her request would have to go through Hauge’s office.
The reason, Hauge said, Tuesday, is that there are rules
governing lawsuits that require any person or entity that is party
to the suit to make a “discovery” request for documents related to
the case. The purpose is so that there is a record of what
information was traded, on what date and in what fashion,
In this case, discovery requests go through the county prosecutor’s office.
He assured that Taylor would be able to get the documents through the correct channels.
The rule does not pertain to public requests from individuals or groups not party to the suit, or to the media, Hauge said.
Taylor was not immediately available for comment.