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Judge rules in favor of Franklin County school district in open-records case

July 02, 2012

A judge has ruled in favor of a Franklin County, Pa., school district in an open-records dispute.

Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard Walsh wrote in a court order that he reviewed about 19 pages of documents at the center of the dispute on June 25. The Chambersburg Area School District did not release those documents as part of an open-records request that ended up in court.

The documents were properly withheld “as subject to privileged communications or attorney-work product,” Walsh wrote in court documents.

“It is hereby ordered that the Chambersburg Area School District shall not be required to produce such documents in discovery,” he wrote.

The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records issued determinations that Carlisle, Pa., resident Jason Reed and Chambersburg resident Maria Dorsey were entitled to files that had been denied by the school district. The school district appealed to Walsh.

The records in question relate to an after-school hip-hop club and REACHUSA Inc., court documents state.

— Jennifer Fitch

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