Case Number: 2020-SU-002061
Court: Court of Common Pleas of York County, Pennsylvania
Clients: Dylan Segelbaum, York Daily Record
Petition for Review Filed: Oct. 14, 2020
Background: In July 2020, Dylan Segelbaum, a reporter for the York Daily Record, filed a Right to Know Law request seeking a forensic audit of a local fire department. After he was denied access, Segelbaum appealed to Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records.
In a September decision, the Office of Open Records granted access to the records, recognizing the audit as a financial record expressly classified as public under Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law. The North York Borough appealed to the York County Common Pleas Court, arguing that the criminal investigation exemption should apply because the audit contained information about conduct for which an employee was later criminally charged.
On behalf of Segelbaum and the newspaper, Reporters Committee attorneys argue that the conclusions of the Office of Open Records are correct and that the court should affirm the office’s final determination.
2020-10-14: Petition for review
2020-10-29: Response to petition for review