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Judge denies MLive FOIA request for Grand Rapids police phone calls

A judge has rejected MLive's request that the city of Grand Rapids release recorded phones calls of police investigating a former Kent County prosecutor's crash.

MLive and the Grand Rapids Press sought recordings of five telephone calls on a phone designated non-recorded.

The calls involved fired Lt. Matt Janiskee talking to an officer, Adam Ickes, who described former prosecutor Josh Kuiper as "hammered," and to Sgt. Thomas Warwick, who drove Kuiper home after the Nov. 19 crash.

Kent County Circuit Judge Joseph Rossi sided with the city of Grand Rapids which said the release of the recordings should occur only after a federal judge determines whether the release of the recordings would violate state or federal wiretapping laws.