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Memphis attorneys Lucian Pera and Ben Fox are representing The Marshall Project, an independent nonprofit news outlet that covers the criminal justice system, in its filing of a lawsuit under the Tennessee Public Records Act. 

Lucian and Ben, with lawyers for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, argued that the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, a nonprofit organization whose board includes the mayor, the district attorney and other public officials, is the “functional equivalent” of a government agency and thus subject to public disclosure laws.

Read more about the suit.