When public records aren’t public

For Friday’s class, I would like you to read two stories in today’s Boston Globe — one about how public officials are abusing the state’s public-records law by charging outrageous fees to news organizations and citizens trying to obtain those records, and the other about the Globe’s quest for e-mails sent to and by a top aide to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

We will discuss these stories for 15 or 20 minutes at the beginning of class.

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