Letter to the Editor: Misuse of the Open Records Act
I am a strong supporter of the Open Records Act, and also advocate its judicious and responsible use. I was disappointed that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution chose to use the Open Records Act to read and report on e-mails sent from Claritha Nichols to her church member and spiritual leader who happened to be a Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy. (AJC, August 19, 2005, "E-mails display mom's agony", pg A1) Although the AJC acted legally, the resulting article unnecessarily invaded Mrs. Nichols privacy and grief, and did nothing to advance the public understanding of the Brian Nichols case. It was in poor taste.
Remember, just because you have the right to use the Open Records Act, doesn't mean you always should.
Karama C. Neal