Missing comma means certain records are off-limits

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In the end, the Tennessee Attorney General says the argument all comes down to the lack of a comma.

The Tennessean reports that Attorney General Herbert Slatery issued an Aug. 25 opinion that says a city council cannot request the results of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report because of a law that says such records should be released “only in compliance with a subpoena or an order of a court of record.”

He says the lack of a comma after the word “subpoena,” means that either a subpoena or an order must come from a court.

The decision comes amid growing concern among legislators over whether such records, especially when they are related to police using deadly force, should be subject to public review.

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Information from: The Tennessean