MARIPOSA LEGAL lawsuit and Indiana Public Access Counselor's response
The legal complaint alleging the Clay County Commissioners, Clay County Council, and the Clay County Sheriff's Department violated the Indiana Open Door Law and Indiana Access to Public Records Act last week was notified Monday by an Indiana Public Access Counselor (IPAC) their investigation "could not identify any issues of law or fact." The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Mariposa Legal filed three formal complaints with IPAC on Thursday, November 11, 2021. The complaint was filed in Clay Circuit Court Wednesday, December 15, 2021, with Judge Joseph D. Trout preceding; defendants have 20 days to respond from the date of filing. IPAC Luke H. Britt sent a letter to Attorney Hannah Cartwright Monday, December 20 about his investigation into the matter. The Brazil Times is posting the entire complaint online and the Indiana Public Access Counselor's response for the public to read. The Times will continue to follow this story and update readers when more information is available.