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§4–351.

    (a)    Subject to subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section, a custodian may deny inspection of:

        (1)    records of investigations conducted by the Attorney General, a State’s Attorney, a municipal or county attorney, a police department, or a sheriff;

        (2)    an investigatory file compiled for any other law enforcement, judicial, correctional, or prosecution purpose;

        (3)    records that contain intelligence information or security procedures of the Attorney General, a State’s Attorney, a municipal or county attorney, a police department, a State or local correctional facility, or a sheriff; or

        (4)    records, other than a record of a technical infraction, relating to an administrative or criminal investigation of misconduct by a police officer, including an internal affairs investigatory record, a hearing record, and records relating to a disciplinary decision.

    (b)    A custodian may deny inspection by a person in interest only to the extent that the inspection would:

        (1)    interfere with a valid and proper law enforcement proceeding;

        (2)    deprive another person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication;

        (3)    constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;

        (4)    disclose the identity of a confidential source;

        (5)    disclose an investigative technique or procedure;

        (6)    prejudice an investigation; or

        (7)    endanger the life or physical safety of an individual.

    (c)    A custodian shall allow inspection of a record described in subsection (a)(4) of this section by:

        (1)    the United States Attorney;

        (2)    the Attorney General;

        (3)    the State Prosecutor; or

        (4)    the State’s Attorney for the jurisdiction relevant to the record.

    (d)    Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, a custodian:

        (1)    shall redact the portions of a record described in subsection (a)(4) of this section to the extent that the record reflects:

            (i)    medical information of the person in interest;

            (ii)    personal contact information of the person in interest or a witness; or

            (iii)    information relating to the family of the person in interest; and

        (2)    may redact the portion of a record described in subsection (a)(4) of this section to the extent that the record reflects witness information other than personal contact information.

    (e)    A custodian shall notify the person in interest of a record described in subsection (a)(4) of this section when the record is inspected, but may not disclose the identity of the requestor to the person in interest.



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