Kitsap Superior Court Judge Russell Hartman this morning listened to legal arguments in the preliminary injunction hearing to prevent disclosure of investigations into alleged police misconduct by an officer in the Bainbridge Island Police Department. The Bainbridge Island Police Guild has filed suit against the City of Bainbridge Island, Kitsap Sun reporter Tristan Baurick and me to stop the City from releasing records in two investigations into the conduct of Officer Steve Cain after islander Kim Koenig filed a complaint against him following a traffic stop last September.
At the conclusion of the hearing, which lasted about an hour and a half, Judge Russell said he would issue an oral decision on Friday, April 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Kitsap Sun editor Scott Ware and managing editor Jeff Brody were among the observers in the courtroom. As Guild lawyer Bob Christie noted, their presence was an indication of the public interest in the proceedings. Tristan Baurick and I have both submitted public records requests to the City of Bainbridge Island for records of the investigations into Koenig’s allegations.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Bainbridge Island City Attorney Paul McMurray provided copies of the disputed records to Judge Hartman, who indicated that he may review them prior to issuing his decision.