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July 20, 1999

Mr. Philip L. Hall
Assistant Criminal District Attorney
Walker County, Texas
P.O. Box 1659
Huntsville, Texas 77342


Dear Mr. Hall:

You ask whether certain information is subject to required public disclosure under chapter 552 of the Government Code. Your request was assigned ID# 127799.

The Walker County District Attorney's Office (the "office") received a request for information on certain jurors and court exhibits. You claim that the requested information is excepted from disclosure under sections 552.028 and 552.003(1)(B) of the Government Code. We have considered the exceptions you claim and reviewed the submitted information.

Section 552.028 of the Government Code provides:

    (a) A governmental body is not required to accept or comply with a request for information from:

      (1) an individual who is imprisoned or confined in a correctional facility[.]

      * * *

    (b) This section does not prohibit a governmental body from disclosing to an individual described by Subsection (a)(1), or that individual's agent, information held by the governmental body pertaining to that individual.

    (c) In this section, 'correctional facility' has the meaning assigned by Section 1.07(a), Penal Code.

Gov't Code 552.028. Because you have shown that the individual requesting the information at issue is "an individual who is imprisoned or confined in a correctional facility," section 552.028 of the Government Code governs your request. Therefore, you are not required to accept or comply with his request.

Because section 552.028 of the Government Code is dispositive, we need not address your section 552.003(1)(B) claim. 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.


Sue M. Lee
Assistant Attorney General
Open Records Division


Ref: ID# 127799

Encl: Submitted documents

cc: Mr. George R. Rogers
TDCJ-ID # 434095
Wynne Unit
Huntsville, Texas 77349
(w/o enclosures)


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