Richmond FOIA suit thrown out, judge opens door to challenge

A Richmond judge has thrown out most of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the city related to the departure last year of former chief administrative officer Byron C. Marshall, but left room for more legal wrangling.

The judge’s ruling makes clear that the city is on shaky legal ground with its refusal to disclose the confidentiality agreements City Council members were asked to sign before being briefed on Marshall’s exit in September.

In a ruling dated Wednesday, Richmond Circuit Court Judge Joi Jeter Taylor said she had reviewed the confidentiality agreement privately, and she concluded it is not protected by public-records exemptions related to personnel records and attorney-client privilege, as the city had argued. Continue>>>