True or False? Public records laws require the state to release information

This statement was the third sentence of an article stating that more documents will be release to the Defense from the state attorneys office.

Does the Public records laws require the state to release information prosecutors provide to the defense. Ref: [1] True or false?

It is false.  The public records laws of the state of Florida, states that the records produced through judiciary process is SUBJECT to the open records laws, the release is also subject to the same a laws along with some stipulations and exemptions.

The facts that the records are part of a current trial, the records have a 50/50 chance to be release period.  the open record law is in the nut shell – states that the residents of the state of have the right to view, or receive in hand, a copy of any records that is part of daily government operations, including but not limited to the Judicial branch.

i.e.;  if Judge Strickland imposed a gag order, then a lot of what has been released, and what might become available on line, to be ordered in copy form, would have kept under wraps until the trial was over, and at that point, the judge would release document base on the public’s need to know.

119.01 General state policy on public records –
(1) It is the policy of this state that all state, county, and municipal records are open for personal inspection and copying by any person. Providing access to public records is a duty of each agency.
 [1] Casey Anthony case: More documents expected to be released Friday Sarah Lundy | Sentinel Staff Writer  1:09 PM EDT, April 30, 2009
[2] 119.071  General exemptions from inspection or copying of public records.–
(d)1.  A public record that was prepared by an agency attorney
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