The UTA has argued that it does not keep the records in a spreadsheet format, and offered to provide electronic copies of citations written by officers for $6,700.
A UTA contractor maintains a crime database for the authority, and told the Tribune it would work with UTA on a request for the database if asked by the authority, but the paper said transit officials were insisting on only providing access to reports.
In its response to the Tribune's appeal, the UTA not only asked that its denial be upheld, but that the paper and reporters Stecklein and Lee Davidson be charged with harassing a government employee. The document claimed Davidson told an authority spokesman that he would write a bad story if the records were not provided. Davidson told Tribune columnist Paul Rolly that he never made any threat.
The UTA has walked back from that charge, claiming it was an emotional response and that it was not going to seek criminal charges, which the records committee cannot levy anyway.
The committee is also hearing an appeal from Michael Richard Luesse, an inmate at the Utah State Prison. Luesse is appealing a denial of records based on a limit on the number of free records indigent inmates can receive.
Court records show Luesse is serving a sentence for felony shoplifting.
The hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Utah State Archives' Courtyard Meeting Room, 346 S. Rio Grande St. in Salt Lake City.