Webster v. Hennepin County and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

The Minnesota Supreme Court has issued an opinion in this case, and I wrote about the opinion and my thoughts about the process and outcome here: “Minnesota Supreme Court: Hennepin County Sheriff illegally denied access to public records”.

I wrote about my findings from the data in 2016: “Hennepin County Sheriff circumvents state to expand facial recognition database” – though now that I prevailed in the Supreme Court, more data will be produced, and I expect to learn more.

Thank you to my attorneys Scott Flaherty, Cyrus MalekSamuel Aintablian, and Emily Peterson at Briggs and Morgan, P.A. for their fantastic pro bono representation.

Minnesota Supreme Court

Order compelling compliance upheld
1. Petition for Review 19 Apr 2017
2. Amici Request: ACLU of Minnesota and Electronic Frontier Foundation 04 May 2017
3. Amici Request: Star Tribune, APM/MPR, MinnPost 04 May 2017
4. Hennepin County's Response to Webster's Petition for Review 05 May 2017
5. Order Granting Petition for Review 30 May 2017
6. Amicus Request: Public Record Media and Minn. Coalition on Gov't Info 02 Jun 2017
7. Amicus Request: Government Associations 09 Jun 2017
8. Order Granting Amicus Participation 15 Jun 2017
9. Supreme Court Brief of Tony Webster 07 Jul 2017
10. Addendum to Webster Brief 07 Jul 2017
11. Amici Brief: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) 14 Jul 2017
12. Amici Brief: Public Record Media and Minnesota Coalition on Government Information (MnCOGI) 14 Jul 2017
13. Amici Brief: Star Tribune, American Public Media (Minnesota Public Radio), MinnPost 14 Jul 2017
14. Brief of Hennepin County and Hennepin County Sheriff 11 Aug 2017
15. Addendum to Brief of Hennepin County and Hennepin County Sheriff 11 Aug 2017
16. Amici Brief: League of Minnesota Cities, Association of Minnesota Counties, Minnesota Inter-County Association, Minnesota County Attorneys Association, Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Minnesota Sheriffs' Association, National Sheriffs' Association, Major County Sheriffs of America, Minnesota School Boards Association 17 Aug 2017
17. Addendum to League of Minnesota Cities Amici Brief 17 Aug 2017
18. Reply Brief of Tony Webster 28 Aug 2017
19. Supreme Court Opinion 18 Apr 2018
20. Statement of Costs (Tony Webster – $1,755.53) 27 Apr 2018
21. Statement of Costs (Hennepin County – $1,506.20) 27 Apr 2018
22. Appellant's Motion for Attorney's Fees on Appeal 27 Apr 2018
23. Affidavit in Support of Attorney's Fees on Appeal 27 Apr 2018
24. Objection to Hennepin County's Demand to Tax Costs Against Tony Webster 02 May 2018
25. Objection to Hennepin County's Demand to Tax Costs Against Hennepin County 02 May 2018
26. Hennepin County's Response to Attorney Fee Motion 07 May 2018
27. Order Denying Attorney Fees, Hennepin County's Costs, Webster's Costs 13 Jun 2018
28. Judgment 22 Jun 2018
29. Judgment, Signed 22 Jun 2018

Minnesota Court of Appeals

Order compelling compliance upheld
1. Petition for Writ of Certiorari 03 May 2016
2. Petitioner's Statement of the Case 03 May 2016
3. Writ of Certiorari 03 May 2016
4. Notice of Case Filing 04 May 2016
5. Amici Request: Star Tribune and MinnPost 18 May 2016
6. Amici Request: ACLU of Minnesota and Electronic Frontier Foundation 18 May 2016
7. Amici Request: Public Record Media and Minnesota Coalition on Government Information 18 May 2016
8. Amici Request: League of Minnesota Cities and Association of Minnesota Counties 26 May 2016
9. Correspondence: No Opposition to Untimely Amici Request of LMC/AMC 26 May 2016
10. ORDER Granting Amicus Participation (Respondent) 07 Jun 2016
11. ORDER Granting Amicus Participation (Relators) 07 Jun 2016
12. Certificate as to Transcript 07 Jun 2016
13. Respondent's Motion for a Partial Lift of Stay Pending Appeal 15 Jun 2016
14. Brief of Respondent in Support of Motion for a Partial Lift of Stay Pending Appeal 15 Jun 2016
15. Addendum to Brief of Respondent in Support of Motion for a Partial Lift of Stay Pending Appeal 15 Jun 2016
16. Relators' Memorandum in Opposition to Motion for Partial Lift of Stay 22 Jun 2016
17. Declaration of Carrie Hill 22 Jun 2016
18. Reply Brief of Respondent in Support of Motion for Partial Lift of Stay 27 Jun 2016
19. Supplemental Declaration of Tony Webster 27 Jun 2016
20. ORDER Denying Motion for Partial Lift of Stay Pending Appeal 05 Jul 2016
21. Brief of Relators Hennepin County and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office 25 Aug 2016
22. Addendum to Brief of Relators 25 Aug 2016
23. Brief of Amici Curiae League of Minnesota Cities and Association of Minnesota Counties 01 Sep 2016
24. Respondent's Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time to Respond 13 Sep 2016
25. Order Granting Extension of Time to Respond 16 Sep 2016
26. Brief of Respondent Tony Webster 06 Oct 2016
27. Brief of Amici Curiae ACLU-MN and EFF 13 Oct 2016
28. Brief of Amici Curiae APM, Business Journal, MinnPost, Star Tribune 13 Oct 2016
29. Brief of Amici Curiae Public Record Media and Minn. Coalition on Gov't Info 13 Oct 2016
30. Reply Brief of Relators Hennepin County and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office 24 Oct 2016
31. Opinion 10 Apr 2017

Minnesota Supreme Court
Petition for review on stays pending government appeal

Lost – data won't be released until conclusion of appeal
1. Petition for Review 21 Jul 2016
2. Addendum to Petition for Review 21 Jul 2016
3. County's Response to Petition for Review 10 Aug 2016
4. Order Granting Petition for Review 20 Sep 2016
5. Brief of Appellant Tony Webster 20 Oct 2016
6. Brief of Respondent Hennepin County 21 Nov 2016
7. Appellant's Reply Brief 01 Dec 2016
8. En Banc Oral Argument (MP3 Audio, 15MB) 04 Jan 2017
9. Opinion 15 Mar 2017

Minn. Office of Administrative Hearings
File No. 5-0305-33135

Order issued compelling compliance – upheld by Minnesota Supreme Court
1. Cover Sheet 07 Jan 2016
2. Complaint and Exhibits 07 Jan 2016
3. Notice of Appearance 07 Jan 2016
4. Notice of Filing 08 Jan 2016
5. Response of Hennepin County and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office 28 Jan 2016
6. Declaration of Daniel Rogan 28 Jan 2016
7. Notice of Appearance 28 Jan 2016
8. Notice of Determination of Probable Cause and Order for Prehearing Conference and Evidentiary Hearing 19 Feb 2016
Prehearing Conference held March 4, 2016
9. First Prehearing Order 04 Mar 2016
10. Complainant's Exhibit Index and Witness List 18 Mar 2016
11. Complainant's Exhibits 1–72 (Redacted) 18 Mar 2016
12. Respondents' Witness List 18 Mar 2016
13. Respondents' Exhibit Index 18 Mar 2016
14. Respondents' Exhibits 201–204 (Redacted) 18 Mar 2016
15. Written Direct Testimony of Kristi Lahti-Johnson 24 Mar 2016
16. Written Direct Testimony of Carrie Hill 24 Mar 2016
17. Written Direct Testimony of Christopher Droege 24 Mar 2016
18. Written Direct Testimony of Glen Gilbertson 24 Mar 2016
19. Written Direct Testimony of Tony Webster 24 Mar 2016
Evidentiary hearing held March 25, 2016
20. Respondents' Proposed Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order 08 Apr 2016
21. Complainant's Memorandum in Support of Action to Compel Compliance 08 Apr 2016
22. Complainant's Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law 08 Apr 2016
23. Complainant's Proposed Order Compelling Compliance 08 Apr 2016
24. Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order 22 Apr 2016
25. Affidavit in Support of Attorney's Fees on Behalf of Complainant 29 Apr 2016
26. Respondents' Response to Attorney's Fees Application 04 May 2016
27. Respondents' Notice of Motion and Motion for Stay of April 22, 2016 Order 04 May 2016
28. Respondents' Memorandum in Support of a Stay 04 May 2016
29. Declaration of Daniel Rogan 04 May 2016
30. Order for Attorney's Fees 06 May 2016
31. Complainant's Response in Opposition of Respondents' Motion to Stay 10 May 2016
32. Declaration of Tony Webster in Opposition of Respondents' Motion to Stay 10 May 2016
33. Declaration of Scott Flaherty in Opposition of Respondents' Motion to Stay 10 May 2016
34. Order Granting Motion for Partial Stay of Final Order 18 May 2016
35. Correspondence: Attorney's Fees 27 May 2016
36. Correspondence: Filing Fee Refund 09 Jun 2016
37. Stipulation for Entry of Order and Proposed Order 26 Jun 2018
38. Order Lifting Stay and Compelling Compliance 03 Jul 2018

Responsive Data

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Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production1_20160502_Part33 PDF 7.56 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part1 PDF 20.34 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part2 PDF 81.70 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part3 PDF 41.78 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part4 PDF 56.45 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part5 PDF 83.78 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part6 PDF 80.10 MB
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Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part8 PDF 70.53 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part9 PDF 85.61 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part10 PDF 85.44 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part11 PDF 78.49 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part12 PDF 43.66 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part13 PDF 80.00 MB
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Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part17 PDF 77.72 MB
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Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part29 PDF 67.79 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part30 PDF 68.47 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part31 PDF 72.08 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part32 PDF 74.51 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part33 PDF 47.81 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part34 PDF 68.91 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production2_20160509_Part35 PDF 64.19 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part1 PDF 57.44 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part3 PDF 19.96 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part2 PDF 33.25 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part4 PDF 19.38 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part5 PDF 9.57 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part6 PDF 30.12 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part8 PDF 28.41 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part7 PDF 35.14 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part9 PDF 44.96 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part10 PDF 40.85 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part11 PDF 37.23 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part12 PDF 43.37 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part13 PDF 40.99 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part14 PDF 37.69 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part15 PDF 43.61 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part16 PDF 37.50 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part17 PDF 46.08 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part18 PDF 46.56 MB
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Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part24 PDF 55.61 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part25 PDF 44.70 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part26 PDF 56.55 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part27 PDF 46.11 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part28 PDF 47.27 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part29 PDF 45.49 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part31 PDF 16.09 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_1of4_Part30 PDF 36.27 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_2of4_PART1 PDF 256.70 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_3of4_PART1ATTACH PDF 60.80 MB
Hennepin_County_Sheriff_Production3_20160516_4of4_PART2 PDF 129.36 MB

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