Legal dispute over public access to 911 calls reaches Maine’s highest court

From Bangor Daily News: PORTLAND, Maine — Attorneys on opposite sides of a legal dispute over public access to 911 call transcripts suggested Monday that dangerous precedents could be set if their sides did not prevail.

The case is rooted in MaineToday Media’s request for records of 911 calls made on Dec. 29 after James Pak, 74, of Biddeford, allegedly shot and killed two tenants of a building he owned during a dispute over snow removal and parking. The request was denied, and the company subsequently sought access to all of the state’s 911 transcripts from unresolved murder cases.


A “friend of the court brief” has been filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the New England First Amendment Center, the Maine Association of Broadcasters, the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition and the Associated Press. A brief filed on behalf of the organizations urged justices to release the transcripts.

The New England First Amendment Center and the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition are members of NFOIC. –eds

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