TigreÂ§MeowÂ© wrote:Something I have been wondering about these "secret" documents that are only available by subscription or in forums that are not accessible to everyone.....if they contain information that would HELP RDJ, why aren't they made available to the public?
msmart112 wrote:Earlier this month on another board, it was stated...
"Hey! try purchasing a copy of the trial transcripts, there are many stories of abuse told by FAMILY members of the DeFeo's."
...MANY stories? And MANY stories told by FAMILY members (as in MORE than ONE)?
TigreÂ§MeowÂ© wrote:I was told it would cost anywhere from $1500 - $2000 to purchase a copy of the transcript. . . . .
TigreÂ§MeowÂ© wrote:When I asked Tracey a while back, that is the amount she told me.
Well, it took me less than fourteen seconds to come up with the government's website on the Freedom Of Information Act. Judge for yourself if these "fee" explanations jibe with what you've been told ...sherbetbizarre wrote:I also remember Ric saying he spent out a fair bit too... or are they simply trying to ward us poor people off
Fees and Fee Waivers
There is no initial fee to make a FOIA request, and in many cases no fees are charged. However, agencies are authorized by law to recover the direct costs of providing information to a FOIA requester. For purposes of fees only, the FOIA divides requesters into three categories:
commercial use requesters; news media, educational, or scientific requesters; and
all other requesters. Commercial use requesters are charged for search time, document review, and duplication. News media, educational, and scientific requesters are charged for duplication only, after the first 100 pages. All other requesters are charged for search time (after two hours) and duplication (after 100 pages). In all cases, if the total fee does not exceed $14.00, the Justice Department will not charge any fee at all.
In your request letter you may make a specific statement limiting the amount of fees you are willing to pay. If you do not, the Justice Department will assume that you are willing to pay fees of up to $25.00. If your estimated fees exceed $25.00, you will be given the opportunity to narrow your request in order to reduce the fees or you will be asked to express your commitment to pay the estimated amount. Ordinarily, you will not be required to actually pay the fees until the records have been processed and are ready to be sent to you.
If you expect or are advised that a fee will be charged, you may request a fee waiver of those fees. However, fee waivers are limited to situations in which a requester can show that disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.
Here's the website: