"The State of Secrecy" - Kyle Niederpruem - Indianapolis Star and News

"The State of Secrecy" - Kyle Niederpruem - Indianapolis Star and News

by: Kyle Niederpruem | publication date: February 22, 1998 | Publication: Indianapolis Star and News | pages: A1

From the Evansville version: "Seven Indiana newspapers sent personnel to all 92 counties in August seeking public records including death certificates, crime logs and reports, school coach salaries and school board minutes. "The results were startling.. . . ."

"A joint effort A group of newspapers - The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, The Evansville Courier, the Star Press of Muncie, the Times of northwest Indiana, The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis News, and the South Bend Tribune - combined for a county-by-county test of the effectiveness of Indiana's public access laws. According to newspaper audit reports, here's how some sheriffs responded when asked for public records: 'How do I know you're not an ax murderer?' Rush County Sheriff Doug Gosser asked.

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