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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.


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.