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Monday, May 09, 2005

Public Records Case to be Argued Tomorrow

The Supreme Court of Ohio will hear arguments tomorrow concerning the attempt by the Columbus Dispatch to obtain the home addresses of all Ohio state government employees.
One of the questions being bandied about the media is whether the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) can decline to disclose home addresses of state troopers and other law enforcement personnel under a 2003 statute that exempts "residential and familial information of public safety officers" from the definition of public records. The newspaper contends the law contains a "journalist exception" that specifically authorizes release of such information to news organizations.

Here is a summary of the issues and background information on the matter. All oral arguments are streamed live over the Internet. Check this page tomorrow between 9am and Noon. The streams are archived for later viewing from the same page.



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