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In 2013, pursuant to the Freedom of Access Act (FOAA), Phillip Bowler requested a copy of the Attorney General’s investigative file concerning a death that occurred in 1953. The Deputy Attorney General denied Bowler access to the file on the ground that it was designated confidential by statute. Bowler appealed to the superior court. The superior court denied the appeal. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the trial court did not err in finding that the file was made confidential by statute; (2) the Attorney General did not waive the statutory confidentiality of the file by releasing a copy to the decedent’s family; and (3) Defendant’s argument that releasing the file to a family member but not to him violated his constitutional right to equal protection failed.