A state appeals court has overruled a public records award of nearly $650,000 made to an abuse victim.
The Tuesday ruling by the state Court of Appeals found that the state's public record's law does not apply to juvenile records requested by Amber Wright in 2007.
The three-judge panel also found Wright was not clear enough in her request for documents she was seeking from the agency while she was preparing to sue the agency for allegedly leaving her in the care of her abusive father. An appeal to the state Supreme Court is likely, The Seattle Times wrote Thursday.
Wright's attorneys filed two lawsuits against the agency. One, related to the abuse, was settled for $2.85 million. The other, accusing, officials of withholding records led to the $650,000 awarded by a Pierce County judge.