FOIA lawsuit against City of Richmond can proceed

In a hearing Thursday morning at the John Marshall Courthouse, attorneys representing the city sought to have the lawsuit thrown out. They argued that documents detailing an employee dispute – in this case, Marshall – are exempt from public disclosure.

“The city, like any other, has the right to resolve disputes privately,” Stephen Hall, an attorney representing the city, told the court. That appeared to be a revelation regarding Marshall’s departure from the city’s highest profile unelected position. Previously, his exit was described by city officials and Marshall himself as a friendly resignation.

No other information was disclosed about the dispute between Marshall and Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ administration. Judge Joi Jeter Taylor didn’t officially rule on the city’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, saying, “I’m going to take the demurrer under advisement.” Taylor said she would schedule another hearing in the civil case within 10 days. She will consider the city’s motion to throw out the suit before the next hearing. Continue>>>