Duffield Murders - 3 Aug 1985 - Salina Journal, Kansas
Stephan backs closed records in some cases OLATHE (AP) — Attorney General General Robert T. Stephan said Friday the state's open meetings law was not intended for "fishing expeditions" expeditions" and that the opening of police investigative files could hamper law enforcement probes. Stephan gave his interpretation of Kansas' open records act during the third day of testimony in a Johnson County District Court lawsuit in which a newspaper is trying to obtain obtain police files on the 1983 slaying of two Olathe teen-agers. The Daily News of Johnson County County sued Olathe and District Attorney Attorney Dennis Moore in an effort to obtain files relating to whether po-' lice properly handled the investigation investigation into the murders of Kelly Duffield, Duffield, 17, and her 12-year-old sister, Janelle. Stephan testified that police files should be released only when the public's interest to know how a case was pursued outweighed the need for secrecy. He said that balancing act should require proof, not just allegations allegations of police misconduct. The attorney general said the disclosure disclosure of files could hurt the credibility credibility of police who promised secrecy secrecy to sources, and could open the possibility of civil actions being brought against authorities by innocent innocent people.