|Office of the Attorney General - State of Texas
November 16, 1999
Mr. Monty Wade Sullivan
Dear Mr. Sullivan:
You ask whether certain information is subject to required public disclosure under chapter 552 of the Government Code. Your request was assigned ID# 130900.
The City of Houston (the "city") received a request for two offense reports assigned numbers 1003827990 and 0457333990. You have provided for our review information that is responsive to the request. You assert the requested information is excepted from public disclosure under section 552.108(a)(2) of the Government Code. We have reviewed the information you have submitted and considered the exception you assert.
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 indicate that the investigations the subject of the reports "did not result in a conviction or deferred adjudication." We thus conclude that you have met your burden of establishing the applicability of section 552.108(a)(2) with regard to the offense reports, and that most of the information contained in the reports therefore may be withheld. We note, however, that information normally found on the front page of an offense report is generally considered public. 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); Open Records Decision No. 127 (1976).
You indicatethe city "will provide the requestor with the public release information pages of the offense reports." We caution that you must release the type of information that is considered to be front page offense report information, even if this information is not actually located on the front page of the offense report. Gov't Code § 552.108(c); see Open Records Decision No. 127 (1976) (summarizing the types of information deemed public by Houston Chronicle
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.
Ref: ID# 130900
Encl. Submitted documents
cc: Ms. Vonda Fuston
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