Court of Appeals to Grand Rapids: Turn Over Recordings to MLive [VIDEO]

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered the City of Grand Rapids to turn over to MLive Media Group police recordings about a car crash involving Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Josh Kuiper. 

The phone calls were recorded after a car crash where a prosecutor was suspected of drunk driving.

The recordings appear to show police officers trying to avoid arresting the prosecutor. 

The city argued the recordings fell under an exemption to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The city said there was a pending federal court case surrounding the incident and the officers did not know they were being recorded. But the Court of Appeals disagreed.

The requests were “Journalism 101” said Vice President of Content for MLive Media Group, John Hiner.

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Cheyna Roth


Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She’s also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.   Follow @Cheyna_R

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