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ACLU Sues W.Va. Parole Board, Seeks Denial Decision Records


The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia is suing the state Parole Board to obtain records regarding its denial of parole to an HIV-positive inmate.

The lawsuit says the board hasn’t responded to the ACLU’s Freedom of Information Act request for the information.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that ACLU attorney Jamie Lynn Crofts filed the lawsuit last week in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina declined to comment to the newspaper on the pending litigation.

The newspaper says the lawsuit identifies the inmate only as John Doe, who believes he was denied parole because he is HIV-positive.