Thursday, February 12, 2004

Law school to appeal ruling on meetings

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Thursday, February 12, 2004


Law school to appeal ruling on meetings

Of Our Carlisle Bureau

The board of governors of The Dickinson School of Law will present arguments to Commonwealth Court next month in an appeal of a Cumberland County court ruling. Cumberland Judge Edward E. Guido agreed with The Patriot-News and The Sentinel of Carlisle that the board's meetings should be open to the public.

The newspapers had sued the law school's board, arguing that closed board meetings violated the Sunshine Act, the state's open records law.

They claimed that the meetings should be open to the public and to the news media, arguing that the governors board is a committee of Penn State University's trustee board.

The board's lawyers are scheduled to make their appeal before the full panel of nine Commonwealth judges.

That will take place on March 3 in Philadelphia.

Commonwealth judges could affirm Guido's ruling and uphold a preliminary injunction that requires open meetings, or it could reverse the ruling and dissolve the injunction.

The board of governors canceled a Feb. 7 meeting during which it could have decided whether to expand the school in Carlisle, or to move it to University Park to be near its parent institution, Penn State.

No other meetings have been scheduled.

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