IL: City of Bloomington accused of violating FOIA laws in probe of old murder case

The City of Bloomington, Illinois, is facing a lawsuit over alleged violations of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA is a transparency law that’s intended to give citizens insights and data about their government and allow them to access important relevant documents and records from any federal agency.

Matthew Topic, the attorney from Loevy & Loevy representing plaintiffs Tammy Alexander and Raymond Wilson in the case, said the lawsuit, filed on Sept 30, arose because the city allegedly is withholding nonexempt public records regarding a murder case.

“It stems back to the conviction of a man named Jamie Snow for murder quite a number of years ago,” Topic said. “There have been several advocates who have been working very hard to try to get information about that investigation and uncover evidence that might show that Mr. Snow was wrongfully convicted.”