National Review investigative reporter Jillian Melchior found 11 Nevada navigators were potential matches against defendants in a criminal court database, so she requested records from the state Division of Insurance to verify whether these workers had criminal histories and, if so, how they managed to land the jobs.
Under Nevada law, the documents Ms. Melchior
seeks are public records.
As happens too often across Nevada and the rest of the country, her
request was denied.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal
joined National Review
in suing the Division of Insurance to compel the release of that information.
The public records lawsuit was filed Friday in Carson City District Court.
It's a slam dunk.
In denying Ms. Melchior's
request, the division said it was prohibited from releasing any criminal history records because, under NRS 179A.110, "No person who receives information relating to records of criminal history … may disseminate the information further without express authority of law or in accordance with a court order.
That might explain why, according to the lawsuit, Division of Insurance spokesman Jake Sunderland "refused to provide any meaningful assistance and instead became extremely aggravated and, in fact, hung up the telephone on Ms. Melchior