Brickbat: Paper Chase


The Fairfax County, Virginia, school board has sued two mothers trying to force them to return documents it released to one of them under an open records request. The school system released 1,000 pages of receipts from its law firm to Debra Tisler. Her friend Callie Oettinger published some of them on her website. School officials say they did not realize the documents had not been thoroughly redacted and contained confidential information. They want Tisler to return the documents and Oettinger to remove them from her website. The mothers are represented by the Goldwater Institute, which argues they have a First Amendment right to publish the information.