Secretary of State regularly keeps government records secret

Secretary of State William F. Galvinís office has long been the referee that journalists and citizens rely on when government agencies refuse to release records ranging from crime reports to internal audits. But time and time again, records show, his office has kept government information secret instead of making it public.

Galvinís office recently refused to help a central Massachusetts blogger obtain records for a 63-year-old murder case, records that would ordinarily be public. Galvinís deputy ruled the State Police did not have to release the file because the investigation ìremains ongoingî ó even though the suspected killer died decades ago and police said they werenít pursuing any new leads.

ìI think the state is in the business of protecting the state,î said a disappointed Craig Shibley, who publishes the Barre Muckraker blog. Continue>>>