Ohio Supreme Court to weigh in on public records debate

The Ohio Supreme Court is deciding whether police departments can shield the complete files of a long-closed criminal case until all chance of appeals are exhausted, usually because the defendant is dead.

A public records lawsuit contends that the position taken by the Columbus Police Department and backed by the local prosecutor is part of a trend around the state of agencies refusing to release such records.

The court, holding a special session in Meigs County in southern Ohio, heard from both sides Wednesday. Continue…