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Public records advocate finds court trouble

From The Ledger:  LAKELAND | Joel Chandler, a public records access advocate from Lakeland, is in hot water in a Ninth Judicial Circuit Court case. A judge has forwarded a document from the public records case to prosecutors for investigation. There’s at least a possibility Chandler could face jail time.

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Chandler is alleged to have deliberately misled the court by not being truthful when he submitted an application asking for indigent status when he filed a public records lawsuit against the Saint Cloud Police Department. People who are poor enough to qualify don’t have to pay the $400 fee to file a lawsuit.