Updated: June 14, 2019, 10:16 a.m.
Posted: June 13, 2019, 6:46 p.m.
JEFFERSON – The Marion County Sheriff’s Department failed to meet the 10-day deadline of a Texas Public Information Act request by the Jimplecute.
Sheriff David McKnight said Friday, the reason he had not complied with the request is because he had not received it.
The request was hand-delivered to the MCSO office on May 28 by the Jimplecute. The newspaper has now put in place a new procedure where the person receiving the request will be asked to sign acknowledging the request.
Another copy of the May 28 request has been furnished the MCSO.
On Thursday, 12 days have passed since the Jimplecute initially requested on May 28 the following:
- The names of all persons, their age, place of residence, charge and bond amount who were booked into the Marion County Jail between May 20, 2019 through May 27, 2019.
- The front page of all incident reports prepared during the period of May 20, 2019 through May 27, 2019.
- The daily blotter for each day of the period of May 20, 2019 through May 27, 2019.
A telephone call to the Jimplecute late Thursday, Sheriff McKnight said the delay was due to the department’s printer not functioning. The TPIA request impacted by that mishap, however, was the one dated June 3, which was delivered Friday within the 10-day deadline.
The request can be answered by email or other electronic means as well as paper.
The Jimplecute has notified, District Attorney Angela Smoak, Assistant District Attorney William Gleason, County Judge Leward LaFleur and the Texas Attorney General’s office.
“These public records are an important part of the information the Jimplecute provides its readers each week,” Jimplecute Publisher Mica Wilhite said. “Sheriff McKnight’s willful disregard, or perhaps fumbling, of our request harms our readers, more than it does us.”
In the brief telephone conversation, McKnight also claimed the Marshall News Messenger misquoted him in its April 25 story about the Elmer Facebook post.
“What she quoted in the Marshall [News Messenger], is not word-for-word what I told her,” McKnight said.
The News Messenger story quoted McKnight as saying he thought the MCSO Facebook page must have been hacked. Text messages from McKnight,secured by the Jimplecute last week, however, show he admitted making the post.
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