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PA Cop’s Settlement Agreement in Termination Proceedings Exempt from Disclosure

Jeffrey Cooperstein, a cop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was fired for misconduct. Cooperstein and the city disposed of some of the issues in a settlement agreement. Timothy McNulty, a reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, asked the city for a copy of the agreement but was denied the same because the agreement contained medical information about Cooperstein. The newspaper appealed to a state trial court.

On review, the Court found that the state Right to Know Act, 68 Pa. Cons. Stat. 66.1(2), mandated that documents containing public officers’ medical information not be disclosed. On that basis, the paper’s action for disclosure was dismissed. See: PG Publishing v. City of Pittsburgh, 46 Pa. D. & C. 4th 467 (2000).

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