|Office of the Attorney General - State of Texas
January 22, 1999
Ms. Tenley Aldredge
Dear Ms. Aldredge:
You ask whether certain information is subject to required public disclosure under the Texas Open Records Act, chapter 552 of the Government Code. Your request was assigned ID# 121533.
The Travis County Sheriff's Department (the "department") received an open records request for a particular incident report. You have submitted to this office the requested information and contend that this report is excepted from required public disclosure pursuant to, inter alia, section 552.108 of the Government Code.
Section 552.108(a)(2) of the Government Code excepts from required public disclosure "[i]nformation held by a law enforcement agency or prosecutor that deals with the detection, investigation, or prosecution of crime . . . if . . . it is information that deals with the detection, investigation, or prosecution of crime only in relation to an investigation that did not result in conviction or deferred adjudication." You have informed us, and the records before us reflect, that the investigation pertaining to this report was closed as "unfounded." We, therefore, conclude that you have met your burden of establishing the applicability of section 552.108(a)(2) and that most of the information at issue therefore may be withheld.(1)
Section 552.108 does not, however, except from required public disclosure "basic information about an arrested person, an arrest, or a crime." Gov't Code § 552.108(c). Because you have raised no other exception to disclosure, the department must release these types of information to the requestor in accordance with Houston Chronicle Publ'g Co. v. City of Houston, 531 S.W.2d 177 (Tex. Civ. App.--Houston [14th Dist.] 1975), writ ref'd n.r.e. per curiam, 536 S.W.2d 559 (Tex. 1976).(2)
We are resolving this matter with an informal letter ruling rather than with a published open records decision. This ruling is limited to the particular records at issue under the facts presented to us in this request and should not be relied upon as a previous determination regarding any other records. If you have questions about this ruling, please contact our office.
Yours very truly,
Karen E. Hattaway
Ref.: ID# 121533
Enclosures: Submitted documents
cc: Ms. Sabrina Phillips
1. Because we resolve your request under section 552.108(a)(2), we need not address the applicability of the other exceptions you raised.
2. We note that the information you contend is excepted from public disclosure pursuant to
section 552.130 of the Government Code does not constitute "front page offense report information."
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