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Nonprofit asks judge to open records in case involving Daytona Beach Shores officers

The Daytona Beach News-Journal by Mark Harper

A nonprofit government watchdog is seeking to shed some light on a confidential court petition filed by two Daytona Beach Shores police officers embroiled in investigations into their use of a city holding cell to potty train their 3½-year-old son.

In May, Lt. Michael Schoenbrod and Sgt. Jessica Long filed a petition for a writ of mandamus, essentially asking a judge to order State Attorney R.J. Larizza to do something. What that is, exactly, is unknown because the Volusia County Clerk’s Office, citing a court rule, has marked much of the case file confidential.

The Florida Center for Government Accountability Inc. is asking Volusia Circuit Judge Mary Jolley to hold a hearing on the motion to make the petition to the court confidential.

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