Monthly Archives: August 2011

Jury selection held secretly in case of parents charged in adopted Russian son’s death

The judge in a high-profile York County case said he was concerned that if information that jury selection was taking place had been made public, there would have been a “big story” in the York Daily Record/Sunday News before selection … Continue reading

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Open records office sets annual RTK, Sunshine Law training dates

The state’s open records office is conducting its annual training session on the right-to-know law and Sunshine Law in September. There are two sessions: Sept. 15, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., at the State Museum Auditorium, 621 North 3rd St., Harrisburg; Sept. … Continue reading

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See the York County court docket, every day

If you’re keeping track of a criminal case, or are just curious to see who has court hearings on a certain day, you can now see each day’s York County Common Pleas Court docket. Scroll down and look to the … Continue reading

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YDR opinion: Simplify open records law

Open records advocates say a recent Commonwealth Court decision threatens one of the hallmarks of Pennsylvania’s 2 1/2-year-old right-to-know law: That instead of a requester having to prove records are public, an agency has to prove they’re not. The York … Continue reading

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National nonprofit journalism organization gets partial win on Pa. records appeal

ProPublica, the New York-based nonprofit investigative journalism organization that has done some terrific work – and has won two Pulitzer Prizes — recently scored a partial victory in an open-records appeal case in Pennsylvania.  ProPublica sought a spreadsheet of Medicaid/Medical Assistance … Continue reading

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A blog that doesn’t much like open records … but still worth checking out

I come across this blog – Education Law, by Blue Bell-based law firm Fox Rothschild — every now and then via Google news e-mail alerts and thought I’d recommend it, with a caveat. Under its “Right to Know” tag, the … Continue reading

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Scranton, Wilkes-Barre newspapers seek release of judge’s sentencing letters

There is precedent for the release of such letters, the Citizens Voice reports. This from Aug. 9: Letters written to a federal judge concerning the upcoming sentencing of kids-for-cash judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. should be made public, an attorney … Continue reading

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Pa. Supreme Court to allow taping of arguments for later broadcast

It’s not like Pennsylvania is televising a trial, but this is remarkable nonetheless. From Bill Vidonic in the Aug. 16 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:  Next month, people will be able to watch from the comfort of their living rooms as lawyers argue … Continue reading

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Pa. spending transparency site on the way … maybe

From the AP’s Mark Scolforo: A measure that could expose a mountain of spending data about state government to greater public scrutiny went into law with little fanfare late last month, but implementing it has already raised significant logistical issues. … Continue reading

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Dallastown school board member to have day in court over records request

Dallastown school board member Carroll P. Tignall Jr. says his open records appeal case is scheduled for a hearing in York County Common Pleas Court Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Tignall believes that Supt. Stewart Weinberg and members of his … Continue reading

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