Jeffrey Pyle Discusses a Public Records Exemption Decision

IN THE PRESS · May 1, 2019

Media and First Amendment Attorney Jeffrey Pyle spoke to The New Bedford Standard-Times about a recent public records request made by the paper regarding the identity of a police officer involved in the involuntary discharge of a gun in a diner.  The newspaper’s request for the release of the records containing the police officer’s identity was denied due to a ruling by Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records Rebecca Murray. Murray cited an exemption to the public records law, which allows agencies to withhold the names and addresses of any person “contained in, or referred to in, any applications for any licenses to carry or possess firearms.” Pyle rebuked this decision, calling it “an absurdly broad reading of the exemption.”  To read more of Pyle’s thoughts, access the full article here.