Mr. Arp and Others,
I am in receipt of your letter of June 5th concerning my request to view the legal bills submitted to the County by Kramer Rayson/Robert Bowman. Your explanation for delay and refusal to view the requested documents is ludicrous and no more than legal mumbo jumbo. The legal cases cited in your letter have no relevance what so ever to the public's right to view public records i.e. legal bills submitted to the County by Kramer Rayson/Robert Bowman. Mr. Bowman should know full well that "attorney work product" protection would only apply in a criminal situation and that "attorney client privilege" would never apply in this situation especially given that the client is the County tax payers.
Tennessee's Public Records Act provides that: All
state, county and municipal records ... shall at all times, during
business hours, be open for personal inspection by any citizen of
Tennessee, and those in charge of such records shall not refuse such
right of inspection to any citizen, unless otherwise provided by state
I believe legal bills are "made or received pursuant to
law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official
business by any governmental agency."