Public records requests: York County judge cites 'disturbing trend' in county's responses

Submitted by NFOIC on Wed, 02/26/2020 - 9:00am

A York County judge has called out county solicitors' practice of withholding material from the state Office of Open Records during Right-to-Know Law disputes, calling it a "disturbing trend."

Common Pleas Judge Richard K. Renn last month denied a portion of York County's request to overturn an OOR ruling that ordered the county to provide documents to an attorney representing the family of an inmate who died at York County Prison in 2018.

After the OOR granted attorney John Coyle's appeal of the county's denial, York County Prison Board solicitor Donald Reihart appealed to the Court of Common Pleas and introduced an additional affidavit from prison Warden Clair Doll to be included for Renn's review. (Read more here...)