On January 30, 2019, the Massachusetts State Police denied a request by MassLive.com for the release of public records concerning the shift and overtime of State Police union representatives. The MA State Police claimed that they denied access because the records were tied to a federal investigation into the union’s conduct, and thus exempt from public records law. Media and First Amendment partner Jeffrey Pyle denounced this reasoning, telling MassLive.com “payroll records are quintessentially public records. The mere fact that a record may be subject to litigation does not exempt it from the public records law,” Pyle said. “It’s just a completely erroneous interpretation of the statute.” To read more of Jeff’s thoughts, you can find the full article here.