Utah Supreme Court orders release of Envision Ogden docs

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has issued a ruling in a public records battle, ordering the release of documents related to Envision Ogden.

The state’s top court ordered the Utah Attorney General’s Office to release documents to Daniel Schroeder, a Weber State University professor who sought bank records and other information about Envision Ogden, a non-profit founded in 2007 by then-Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey to promote business and recreation in the city. Schroeder alleged money had been funneled toward local political campaigns and he sought the records to prove it.

The state fought Schroeder all the way to the Utah Supreme Court, who ruled the records should be released.

“Applying the proper standard, we conclude that the records should be disclosed because Ogden‘s citizens have a right to know about potential public corruption, and the State’s closure of the investigation years ago substantially reduces any interest the State has in protecting attorney work product,” the court said in the ruling.

Read the ruling here: