In order to keep citizens properly informed as to the way government entities are using the power and funding with which taxpayers have entrusted them, Missouri law requires them to post a tentative agenda alongside the advance notice of its meetings and also to keep minutes of its meetings. For at least two meetings in 2015, the Executive Board for the St. Louis County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force did not post a tentative agenda and did not keep minutes of the meetings.
Aaron Malin requested copies of the minutes for the first of the meetings four months after the meeting took place, but rather than admitting a violation of the Sunshine Law by telling Malin that the Executive Board had not kept minutes of that meeting, the Task Force's deputy commander fabricated a document purporting to be minutes, which the Custodian of Records then provided to Malin.
We are going to trial on April 13, 2018, to hold the government accountable for these violations of the Sunshine Law. All are invited to attend the trial, which is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton, Missouri.