News groups win round in North Carolina public records fight

The McCrory administration has lost a round in its court fight against news organizations that contend the state has systematically defied its own public records law.

That law requires that most government records be made available to the public as “promptly as possible.”

But a lawsuit, filed by the Observer, the News & Observer of Raleigh, and several other news organizations and public interest groups, alleges that the administration has shown “patterns and practices of delay, obfuscation, non-responsiveness, foot-dragging and stonewalling.” Continue…