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Ohio Prisoner May be Entitled Under PRA to Documents Identifying Guards Who Beat Him

Timothy Conley, an Ohio state prisoner, petitioned for a Writ of Mandamus in state court to compel prison officials to disclose documents identifying guards who had beaten him several times. The trial court dismissed the petition on the guards’ R. Civ. P. 12(h)(6) motion, believing the same would result in an unreasonable invasion of the guards’ privacy.

On appeal, the Court of Appeals of Ohio, 4th Appellate District, found the trial court’s rationale to be erroneous because the requested information pertained to only two past incidents, both of which implicated illegal activity by the guards. Therefore, the Court reversed the trial court and remanded the case for adjudication. See: Conley v. Correctional Reception Center, 141 Ohio App.3d 412; 751 N.E.2d 528 (2001).

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Conley v. Correctional Reception Center