A Commonwealth Court panel has overturned a lower court to rule in favor of the Philadelphia Daily News in its effort to obtain copies of police grievance-arbitration decisions from the city.
The ruling yesterday overturns a Philadelphia judge's injunction that blocked the city from turning over the records to reporter Wendy Ruderman.
"This is a great victory for the public's right to know in Pennsylvania," Daily News City Editor Gar Joseph said.
In July 2009, Ruderman submitted a request to the city under the right-to-know law to review all arbitration decisions from 2005 to the present. The city planned to release redacted copies of 187 decisions until a judge granted the injunction in September 2009 at the request of the Fraternal Order of Police .