Officials Taken To Task for Not Releasing Document

Officials Taken To Task for Not Releasing Document
Posted by FoM on November 03, 2001 at 09:34:41 PT
By Adam Jackson, Tribune Staff Writer
Source: South Bend Tribune 
Cass County authorities are taking some heat for not releasing public documents.William McMaster, president of the Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Taxpayers United, took advantage of the Cass County Board of Commissioners' public comments period to ask why efforts to obtain autopsy reports for late Rainbow Farm Campground principals Grover "Tom" Crosslin, 46, and Rolland "Rollie" Rohm, 28, have been unsuccessful.
The group, a statewide advocacy group for voters, has been acting on behalf of the families of the men, who were killed by police during a Labor Day weekend standoff at the Rainbow Farm Campground in Vandalia.McMaster said the families want the reports to answer questions they have about the circumstances of the men's deaths, and that efforts to use the state Freedom of Information Act to get the reports have been unsuccessful."There is no reason we know of why (the reports) have not been released," he said. "Why are we having such a difficult time?"Commission Chairman James Guse, R-Dowagiac, said commissioners were doing their best to resolve the issue, but were uncertain of the legalities involved in the release of the reports"Each of us here has taken an oath to represent the people to the best of our abilities," he said. "We are going to do the best we can."Commissioners voted unanimously to present the matter to county attorneys to review. When friends and family of the slain men began to protest the commissioners' actions, they were escorted out of the meeting at the Cass County Courthouse, where some of them had protested earlier in the day.Source: South Bend Tribune (IN)Author: Adam Jackson, Tribune Staff WriterPublished: November 2, 2001 Copyright: 2001 South Bend TribuneContact: vop sbtinfo.comWebsite: Related Articles & Web Site:Tom Crosslin & Rollie Rohm Memorial Rainbow of Support Farm Fallout of the Rainbow - Reason Magazine
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on November 03, 2001 at 17:36:31 PT
Hi Richard, I did a search and that's how I found it. I hope I sent it in. I know I sent one article today I think. I'm so tired when the weekend comes I just really slow down. We're watching the news and eating a pizza and learning all you every wanted to know about Anthrax since that's about all the news is on tv.
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Comment #3 posted by Richard Lake on November 03, 2001 at 17:02:04 PT:
Email list for Rainbow Farm friends and supporters
First, thanks for finding this item, Martha, which I missed even though I looked at the list of articles on the paper website that had it. Guess the title didn't catch my eye.Talked with Doug Leinbach, long time webmaster for the Farm, by phone early this morning. We, DrugSense, are going to do a number of things to support the friends and family, starting with an email list. If anyone wants on the list, you should email me at rlake and I will put you on the list as soon as it is set up.Richard
Link to Rainbow Farm Campground news items
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on November 03, 2001 at 16:08:03 PT
Does this surprise anyone? they won't release the police report either. Who are the real crooks? 
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on November 03, 2001 at 10:15:16 PT
the people at Rainbow Farm
cited as an example in the decission to make a priority of the drug war failure on the agenda.New Jersey Amnesty International Chapter Puts US Drug Policy on
  International Human Rights Group's Agenda
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