Samuel-II : Hi
Samuel-II : If you are hired as a consultant, then the agency would not be subjected to allowing public view of files concerning an ongoing investigation.
Samuel-II : Open or ongoing investigations would be exempt from view to the public or those involved. But as a "hired hand" you would not fit into that category.
I am an academic and the offer is to perform work for this agency on a pro bono basis. The case is an ongoing case albeit " a cold case".
Samuel-II : I see
Does the fact of no money exchange complicate the matter?
Samuel-II : Well, as I stated, whether "cold case" or not, if it is deemed ongoing and open, then there open records will not affect it
Samuel-II : Your salary or lack thereof will not matter
Samuel-II : It is not about a paid consultant. It is a mere agreement that you will consult
Samuel-II : *then the open records law will not affect it
Samuel-II : As a consultant, pro bono or otherwise, you can be privy to an ongoing case. As a Cold Case that is not being opened, it is not available to the public, even by Open Records laws
Samuel-II : *now being opened.
Samuel-II : Geez, my fingers are getting crossed. I apologize.
Ah so there need to be a documented consult agreement ?
Samuel-II : That would protect the agency, yes.
Samuel-II : It does not have to mention salary.
Samuel-II : It can just basically say you are being brought in to consult on this case and as such you will be provided with any and all information as it pertains to the case
OK, that clears it up. Want to avoid the "cat out of the bag" theory or the peak behind the curtain argument.