City of Asheville Submitted: January 10, 2024 | Updated: January 10, 2024

[See Editor’s Note] (January 2024) Submission related to “Communications between Henderson County District Attorney” and ACT

Date sent in to Sunshine: 12/29/23

Original Subject:
Communications between Henderson County District Attorney Andrew Murray and Asheville Citizen-Times

Original Message:
Please provide all written communications between Henderson, Polk, Transylvania Counties, North Carolina District Attorney Andrew Murray and Executive Editor Karen Chavez, Reporter Joel Burgess, and/or any other employees of the Asheville Citizen-Times from May 3, 2021 to present

Government Entity:
City of Asheville

Start Date / End Date:
May 3, 2021 - December 29, 2023

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Editor’s Note 01/10/24: The submission above has been marked as “Completed”.

When requesting communication records, it’s important to specify the type of communications being requested, who the communications are “sent to”, “sent from”, or “sent between”, and any specific people / staff / departments etc. that should be included. Also, when a request covers a large time period and multiple entities, it’s important to include any specific subject matter or specific keywords that should be included in the search.

1. We don’t know how many records a request like this would potentially include — but since the “written communications” you’re seeking cover a 2.50+ year period, and aren’t subject matter or keyword specific, as it’s written we find the request to be overly broad.

Additionally, please note that we will not fulfill requests for “public safety” type records specific to a single individual, address, incident, or case number. Please keep this in mind when rewriting the request (if that type of info is what you’re hoping to find being discussed with a District Attorney).

2. The sender has indicated that this request is for all “written communications”. Unless specified otherwise, we typically interpret the term “communications” to mean Emails, SMS text messages, Google Chat messages, and Facebook Messenger messages — so that is what we would be requesting in this case. However, we’d ask that you please specify the exact “communications” records you are hoping to receive.

Clarifying this info will help to greatly narrow the scope of the request, and will also reduce the amount of time it takes the Disclosing Agency (as well as our team) to process the request.

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Status: Completed


  • January 10, 2024 2:01 pm

    6 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending