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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Tell ACLU They Are Private Corporations, Exempt From Public Records Law

The American Civil Liberties Union hit an interesting snag while trying to put together a nation-wide report on SWAT team usage. The Washington Post reports that the ACLU's Massachusetts chapter sent a number of public records requests to various SWAT teams across the state, many of which are run by regional law enforcement councils, and several of those councils responded that they are private corporations and therefore exempt from the public records law

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Gov. Patrick Exempt From Public Records Law

Massachusetts' public records law seems fairly straightforward, but among those who say they aren't covered by the law is Gov. Deval Patrick.

Throughout his years in office Patrick has followed the lead of past governors, including Mitt Romney, in claiming the governor's office is exempt from the law

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