Monthly Archives: September 2011

Head of open records office to be on WITF to discuss recent challenges to RTK law

Terry Mutchler, the head of Pennsylvania’s open records office, is scheduled to be on WITF’s “Smart Talk” on Friday to discuss recent challenges to the right-to-know law. The radio station’s blog bills the segment as “Is PA’s open records law … Continue reading

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If your documents don’t let you see information the way you want to …

Try this.┬áIt’s called Cometdocs, and it will manipulate a lot of different formats. For example, if you’ve ever asked an agency for a spreadsheet and instead received a PDF, you can always go back to the agency and ask for … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on state police moonlighting, reveals apparent conflict of interest

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which along with the Associated Press won a court decision to get state troopers’ moonlighting job requests, published a story recently that revealed apparent conflicts of interest in some of the troopers’ second jobs. For example, the … Continue reading

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Inquirer wins access to grand jury transcripts in priest abuse investigation

Grand jury testimony is off-limits to the public, in order to protect the investigative process. But when something is placed in evidence in a trial, it becomes public. Recently the Philadelphia district attorney’s office filed grand jury testimony in the … Continue reading

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Lawyer: Kennedy’s decision to keep jury selection from public ignored constitutional precedent

I heard from Pennsylvania Newspaper Association legal counsel Melissa Melewsky about whether this case law could or does apply to a York County judge’s decision to withhold jury selection information from the public in the Craver homicide case. Her response … Continue reading

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Craver jury selection: Case law annotated with York County judge’s comments

Here’s another way to read the Craver jury selection story: I’ve taken comments from York County Common Pleas Court Judge John S. Kennedy, and comments from a couple of legal experts, and used them to annotate two court decisions that … Continue reading

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Craver jury: Case law on why it’s important that jury selection be public

York County Common Pleas Court Judge John S. Kennedy said jury selection in the Craver murder case was open to the public, though he said he intentionally withheld information that would have allowed people to know that it was going … Continue reading

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