Glass v. Anne Arundel CountyAnnotate this Case
Petitioner made several public records requests under the Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) to the police department of Anne Arundel County, ultimately seeking “any and all” records related to one of the County’s police officers. Dissatisfied with the handling of his requests, Petitioner filed at least two lawsuits under the PIA against the County that resulted in numerous rulings in the circuit court. As a result of the circuit court’s rulings, Petitioner obtained several records that the County had not found in its initial searches in response to Petitioner’s request or had initially withheld as privileged. The circuit court concluded that the circuit court had committed “knowing and willful” violations of the PIA but declined to grant Petitioner the injunctive relief or damages he sought. The Court of Special Appeals affirmed. The Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that there was not clear and convincing evidence of any knowing and willful violations of the PIA, and therefore, Petitioner was not entitled to the relief he sought.