Court sides with AP over access to gov’s calendar

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appellate court is siding with The Associated Press in a battle over public access to Gov. Tom Corbett’s calendar entries and e-mails.

A seven-member Commonwealth Court panel Tuesday upheld a state Office of Open Records ruling that the governor’s office must turn over the requested information without redacting portions it says are protected by exceptions to the Right-to-Know Law.

The governor’s office provided some records, but blacked out 17 e-mails and 28 calendar entries, including the subject of scheduled meetings on grounds that it could suggest the nature of private internal deliberations exempt from the law.

The panel ruled that, while calendar entries can be exempt, the governor’s office failed to justify that in this case.

Corbett’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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