Sheriff Rader Playing Costly Games

LIBERTY, August 8, 2014 – From time to time people in the news media need photogaphs of public employees at the Sheriff’s Office for the purpose of news coverage.

A few months ago requested photographs of Captain Crystal Pierce and her husband Corporal Pierce of the LCSO and received the following the photographs below.

Corporal Travis Pierce

Captain Crystal Pierce

More recently requested photographs of Sgt. Tim Niemeyer and Deputy Fasolino of the LCSO.

Rather than provide the photographs requested in an open  records request Rader choose not to turn over the photographs and have County Attorney Wes Hinch seek an Attorney General's Opnion as to whether or not to turn over the photographs.

This took considerable time on the part of the County Attorney to write the request to the Attorney General and for the Attorney General in Austin to do legal research to determine whether or not the photographs must be released.

Last week received a copy of the Attorney General’s Opinion which stated that Attorney Hinch had failed to show any legal reason to withhold the photographs and stated that the photographs must be released.

Below are the photographs that Sheriff Rader’s Office provided of Sgt. Tim Niemeyer and Deputy Fasalino.

Deputy Stefan Fasalino

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Sgt. Tim Niemeyer

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All of these shenanigans by the LCSO and Wes Hinch take a lot of tax payer money not to mention the time the Attorney General’s Office spent on this matter. It takes about 45 to 60 days to receive the opinion of the Attorney General and costs taxpayers a fortune. Then in an attempt to circumvent the Attorney General’s ruling  LCSO provided doctored Xerox copies of the photos had requested rather than more recent and better quality ID Badge Photos as previously provided. It would be nice if Sheriff Rader would actually show some respect for State Law and the Open Records Act. Just what is he trying to hide or what is it they are afraid of?

Oh, what a tangled web we weave: When first we practise to deceive! From Marmion an epic poem by Walter Scott (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832)

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