Washington state pays open-government coalition to settle public records case

From Seattle Times:

The state Attorney General's Office and the Department of Corrections have each paid an open-government coalition $32,500 to settle an unusual public-records lawsuit, the coalition announced Monday.
In the 2010 lawsuit, the Washington Coalition for Open Government argued the state agencies violated the Public Records Act in an attempt to cover up evidence that they had assisted a group of corrections officers who sued to stop the Department of Corrections from disclosing public records about them to an inmate.
In other words, the coalition claimed the state was secretly helping a group of state employees sue the state.
The settlement was not an admission of guilt, officials said.

Washington Coalition for Open Government is a member of NFOIC. — eds.