“The taxpayer-funded government institution is more than a year late on its legal obligations”
FIRE is suing UCLA because the school won’t produce records about who disrupted a speech by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
The College Fix reports:
UCLA sued for hiding public records on disruption of Trump official’s speech
UCLA is required by state law to turn over “disclosable” public records within 10 days of request. In “unusual circumstances” it can tack on another two weeks, to the extent “reasonably necessary” to process requests.
The taxpayer-funded government institution is more than a year late on its legal obligations in response to one request.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education sued UCLA in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday for giving itself five extensions over the 391 days since FIRE filed a public-records request.
The education civil-liberties group is seeking records “related to a campus speaking appearance” by Steven Mnuchin, U.S. treasury secretary, which was marred by disruptive student-led protests. Some arrests were made, though none were students.
Its interest was piqued after The Wall Street Journal reported that Mnuchin had “retracted his permission” from UCLA to share a video of his appearance, FIRE said in a press release Thursday.
UCLA posted the hourlong video after FIRE filed its request, but the university has repeatedly given excuses for why it hasn’t yet turned over “any communications about its release, as well as any agreements between Mnuchin’s office and UCLA about the secretary’s appearance,” according to FIRE.
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