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Michigan's top court rules for ACLU in jail records dispute

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Posted at 3:47 PM, Feb 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-04 15:47:52-05

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has won a decision at the Michigan Supreme Court in a dispute over jail records related to the detention of a Marine veteran in 2018.

Calhoun County has refused to release records, claiming they can be withheld because the jail was holding a man who was arrested by federal immigration officers.

But the Supreme Court says a federal regulation restricting information doesn’t trump the terms of Michigan’s open records law.

The arrest of Jilmar Ramos-Gomez by federal authorities was a major mistake.

The U.S. citizen was a lance corporal in the Marines and received awards for service in Afghanistan.

The ACLU is seeking medical records, audio and video from Ramos-Gomez’s time at the Calhoun County jail.