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AP: High Court Backs Washington State Man In Open Records Case

March 7, 2011

The [Supreme] [C]ourt, by an 8-1 vote, threw out an appeals court ruling that backed the Navy’s decision to withhold maps showing the extent of damage expected from an explosion at the ammunition dump near Port Townsend in Western Washington. […]

The case before the court revolved around competing ideas of public safety. The government said that releasing the maps could allow someone to identify the precise location of the munitions that are stored at its base on Indian Island.

But Glen Milner, a longtime community activist, said that the people who live near the base have valid reasons for wanting to know whether they would be endangered by an explosion. An explosion at the Navy’s Port Chicago ammunition depot during World War II killed 320 people.

via High Court Backs Washington State Man In Open Records Case – Most Popular News Story – KIRO Seattle

Dissenting: Justice Breyer. Glad the Supreme Court is finding common ground on the “duh” stuff like this.

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