The article linked below is about how a government officials often work against the public's best interests and attempt to obstruct public's access to public records. As it notes, although prosecutions for violations of public records act requests are rare, this may only be because it's difficult to catch.
One of the charges against Ms. Garland accuses her of attempting to frustrate a reporter’s 2017 request for billing documents from the city water department by telling a subordinate, in text messages, to “drag this out as long as possible” and “provide information in the most confusing format available.”
The two charges she faces are misdemeanors, carrying at most a total fine of $3,500. But they are milestones, representing the first time in Georgia history that any public official has been criminally charged under the state’s open records law. Nationwide, experts say, criminal actions against public officials for open records violations are extremely uncommon.
Ms. Garland, a Democrat, has pleaded not guilty. She declined a plea offer last week from the office of the state attorney general, Chris Carr, a Republican; her case could go to trial as early as the fall.
First Amendment advocates say the charges have already served as a warning to other government officials to take records requests seriously.