lawsuit claims Airport Authority withholding public records


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – and The Birmingham News today asked a judge to order the Birmingham Airport Authority to release terminal construction records, including those related to a sign that fell and killed a 10-year-old boy last month.
The authority has violated Alabama's Open Records Act and is illegally withholding most of the records requested by the news organization March 25 regarding the $201 million terminal modernization project at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, according to a lawsuit filed by the news organization.
[…] submitted the records request after a sign in the airport fell March 22 onto a 10 year-old boy, his two brothers, and his mother. Luke Bresette, was killed and his mother, Heather Bresette, was severely injured. Sam Bresette, 8, and Tyler Bresette, 5, also were injured.
Alabama's Open Records Act states that "every citizen has a right to inspect and take a copy of any public writing of this state, except as otherwise expressly provided by statute," the lawsuit states.