October 24, 2018 by Tom Roberts, Esq.
Andrew T. Bodoh, Esq.
Senior Associate with Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C.
804-783-2000 x 110
Andrew Bodoh is a senior partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C., a litigation law firm with extensive experience in civil rights, FOIA, 1st Amendment, 4th Amendment and personal injury.
Mr. Bodoh is the author of The Virginian’s Guide to FOIA.
In The Virginian’s Guide to FOIA, Bodoh provides secrets to using the FOIA effectively. Written in an easy-to-read Q&A format, the Guide discusses everything from accessing public records, to attending public meetings, to enforcing your FOIA rights in the courts.
Mr. Bodoh is an experienced litigator under FOIA, representing clients trying to secure access to government records and government meetings. He was the lead counsel for the citizen in Harmon v. Ewing, 285 Va. 335 (2013), a Virginia Supreme Court case reviewing citizens’ access to law enforcement arrest records and personnel records.
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Va. Code § 2.2-3700 et seq., is a law authorizing citizens of Virginia broad access to public records and public meetings. The law specifically provides, “The affairs of government are not intended to be conducted in an atmosphere of secrecy since at all times the public is to be the beneficiary of any action taken at any level of government. Unless a public body or its officers or employees specifically elect to exercise an exemption provided by this chapter or any other statute, every meeting shall be open to the public and all public records shall be available for inspection and copying upon request.”
1ST Amendment & Social Media
Mr. Bodoh was lead counsel in the high profile case involving police officer’s 1st Amendment right to use social media which may include criticism of a police department’s practices. In Liverman v. City of Petersburg, the 4th Circuit Court struck down Petersburg ban on use of social media criticism of the department which it described as a “virtual blanket prohibition on all speech critical of the government employer” finding it violated clearly established constitutional law. http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/152207.P.pdf
To speak to Andrew Bodoh, Esq., please contact Andrew Bodoh, Esq. at 804-783-2000 x 110 or email@example.com
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