Boston Red Sox baseball enterprise and Boston Globe owner John Henry.

Boston, MA: Boston Globe reports 1.9.2019 – Three district attorneys, who have already spent more than $80,000 in public funds fighting a public records suit for data on the cases they prosecute, vowed this month to appeal an order to turn over the records to the Globe, which is likely to further boost their legal bills.

Attorney General Maura Healey.

Attorney General Maura Healey sued the three prosecutors — Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz, Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., and Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael D. O’Keefe — after all three of their offices denied the Globe’s request for data on the criminal cases they have filed, including the charges and outcome of those cases.

The DAs also refused to comply with a subsequent order by Secretary of State William F. Galvin’s office to turn over the records, citing various exemptions, which prompted Galvin’s office to ask Healey for help. It is the first time in memory a Massachusetts attorney general has gone to court to enforce the public records law. Under a quirk in state law, Galvin’s office is charged with handling public records appeals, but only the attorney general can file a lawsuit to enforce his orders.

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