23 years into serving a life sentence and 10 commutation denials later, Senk sought the documents to determine the Board's reasoning. When the Board denied his request, he petitioned the court for disclosure under Pennsylvania Constitution art. IV, ' 9(B), which provides that "the Board shall keep records of its actions, which shall at all times be open for public inspection." The Board argued that its decision was discloseable but not its reasoning for denial. Senk argued that inspection was guaranteed under the Right to Know Act (Act). The Board contended that section 1(2) of the Act classified the requested documents as investigations undertaken by an agency in the performance of official duties and that such records did not contain decisions which affected the personal or property rights of any person, and were thus exempt.
The Second Division for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that disclosure of the requested documents was protected under the Act and granted the Board's cross motion for judgment against disclosure. See: Senk v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, 104 Pa.Cmwlth. 270, 521 A.2d 532 (Pa. Comwlth, 1987).
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Senk v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Board of Pardons
|Cite||104 Pa.Cmwlth. 270, 521 A.2d 532 (Pa. Cmwlth 1987)|
|Level||State Trial Court|