I don't know how to characterize this story except as a stubborn (and hilarious) philosophical debate.. That this is a real life event and tax payer funds are involved, makes it excruciating. (h/t Leo Lincourt)
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- What is a photocopier?
That seems like such a simple question.
But last year, a lawyer in a public-records case being heard by the Ohio Supreme Court had a hard time getting a $64,000-a-year Cuyahoga County worker to say whether the county recorder's office had a photocopier.
The effort consumes nearly 10 pages of a court transcript.
The overall case is about whether deeds and other records at the county recorder's office -- records that were collected and are maintained with your taxes -- should be readily available at reasonable cost.
The lawyers involved in the case say the question about the photocopier is technical, getting at an arcane point of law.
You be the judge.
For the transcript of the exchange, see here.