Public records (a.k.a. – records that remain private until you hire a lawyer)

I made a brief allusion to my attempt at retrieving records from a government agency in my last post.  Children’s Services seem to be more in it for themselves than for the kids… not really a big surprise, but they can’t hand over my public records from 30 years ago?  Apparently not.

Here’s my advice for retrieving records.  First, do NOT use the phone to contact anyone – except, possibly for email or mailing addresses.  Get everything in writing.  I, foolishly, thought that getting hold of public records would be a bothersome process, but had no idea that I would deal with county government offices who refuse to relinquish public records about me to me.  Don’t believe them when they tell you all you need is ID to prove you are who you say you are – more likely you will need months, if not years, and a lawyer.

Yes… a lawyer… to see public records… records about yourself.  And when the county doesn’t respond to your request, don’t waste your time with the state agency.  They’ll laugh and tell you to hire a lawyer to gain access to these public records because the county will fight as long and as hard as they can.  The law states they must give you public records aside from various extenuating circumstances, yet you will need a lawyer and a court order to get them.  The county and state are too nervous about being caught on something they did or did not do in your particular case (as was told to me by the state’s Children’s Services representative I spoke with.)  All I want is some documentation of my past and they’re worried about getting sued over some bumbling idiot 30 years ago.

A good stop between fighting the agencies and a lawyer is your state Attorney General’s office.  In my state, they have a public records mediation office which will try to force the hand of the agency withholding records.  And, it’s cheaper than a lawyer… so, start there.

I have filed my claim with the Attorney General’s office and should hear within a couple weeks as to what they plan to do.  I wish I’d thought of this before.  Over a year and a half ago, I tried to get records from the same agency.  I proved my identity, I paid them money to look through their archives, and I waited.  After several weeks and several unreturned phone calls, I finally reached a human being… they claimed to have no files matching me, my father or my sister.  Unless they destroy files, that cannot be true as Children’s Services called police when my sister reported my father’s abuse and he was arrested shortly thereafter.  But… I gave up.  I didn’t try again for several more months.  If I had gone to the Attorney General’s office the first time, I would have those records by now.

So, like I said… keep every word in writing.  I didn’t… and I have to pray that my few emails will be enough evidence to show I have been trying to get my records without success.

Aside to the Houshang Ma’ani searcher again:  I told you to back off… now you’re bringing your friends to help you spy on me?  Do you honestly think I don’t know?  This blog gives me information on who visits when and how they got here.  I know you’re still here.  You are only causing more trouble for the National Spiritual Assembly as I am more than willing to show the Universal House of Justice records of the traffic on this site.  Respect human beings and get your fat, lazy, gossiping, jealous, ignorant nose away from my blog!!!!

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