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West Virginia justices hear arguments in newspaper's quest to get state police records
Reported by: Associated Press
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:47 PM EDT
West Virginia's highest court has heard arguments over whether state police are required to open their records on allegations of abuse and misconduct by officers.
Sean McGinley, an attorney representing the newspaper, said there are no privacy interests to justify shielding the records. He said the release of the records is part of the "democratic process of transparency."
Assistant Attorney General Virginia Grottendieck Lanham countered that the records can delve into officers' medical or psychiatric issues that are personal.
In 2010, The Charleston Gazette sued to seek reports from the agency's Professional Standards section. It handles internal investigations.
The court is expected to rule on the case by year's end.