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Judge Rules in Doughnut Hole Public Records Lawsuit

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KENNEWICK, Wash.

NBC Right Now continues to follow the ongoing battle between the City of Pasco and residents in the area's doughnut hole.

On Wednesday, a Benton County judge reviewed a lawsuit filed by a doughnut hole resident claiming public documents were withheld.

There were three issues addressed in the Benton County courtroom in Kennewick, and both sides told NBC Right Now they are pleased with the outcome.

The heart of the lawsuit was whether or not Pasco and Franklin Fire District 3 took too long releasing records after doughnut hole resident Roger Lenk filed a public records request. Lenk also believes the entities kept some of those documents from him.

The judge ruled in favor of the City of Pasco, saying they acted within a reasonable time frame and were correct with which documents they released, with one exception.

"The court did require of the numerous documents that were exempted, one document to be released. So that was released today with redactions," said City of Pasco Assistant Attorney Patrick Galloway.

"They denied the people of Riverview the opportunity to review public documents and that's what the judge found," said Citizens for Lifestyle Preservation member and doughnut hole resident Roger Lenk.

There is still a third issue at hand that the judge has yet to rule on. Lenk has requested almost $13,000 in clerical fees to give to his wife who helped him prepare the case. This also isn't the only lawsuit in the works related to Pasco's doughnut hole. Citizens for Lifestyle Preservation has filed a lawsuit to prevent the City of Pasco from moving forward with plans to annex the area, and next week the group will officially submit a petition to incorporate.

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