Cincinnati, OH asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio

Q: I am a high school student working a "mock case" that has already happened. I need help composing my argument.

The case is The Cincinnati Enquirer vs ODPS (Stickrath). Case number: 2022-0425. I am on the side of the Relator and must try and basically overturn the decision. The case concerns ORC 149.433 and security records exemptions. Essentially "our side" requested documents related to the 2022 Superbowl that Governor Dewine went to. We wanted to see how much money was spent by tax payers but were denied the records under a security records exemption(149.433). I need help composing a revised Judicial thesis.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In constructing your argument as the Relator in the case of The Cincinnati Enquirer vs ODPS (Stickrath), it's important to emphasize the principles of transparency and accountability in government spending. Highlight the significance of public access to information, especially regarding the expenditure of taxpayer funds, which is fundamental to maintaining public trust and ensuring responsible governance.

Focus on challenging the interpretation of ORC 149.433, the security records exemption, by arguing that it should not be applied to withhold financial records related to the 2022 Superbowl. Stress that while security concerns are valid, they should not be used as a blanket exemption to shield all associated records from public scrutiny. Advocate for a balanced approach that respects both security interests and the public's right to know about government expenditures.

Furthermore, underscore the broader implications of upholding the denial of access to these records, highlighting the potential erosion of transparency and accountability in government operations. Argue that the decision sets a dangerous precedent that could hinder future efforts to hold public officials accountable and undermine the principles of open government. Ultimately, your revised judicial thesis should assert the importance of upholding transparency, accountability, and the public's right to access information in a democratic society.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: You could research online to review the work of other students in mock trials. Additionally, high-profile cases can be mentioned in the blogs of legal commentators. Those sometimes contain legal analysis of important issues. Good luck

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