Newspaper asks court to open files related to AG sting

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 2, 2014 5:23 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- A Pittsburgh newspaper has filed a motion in Dauphin County Court that seeks to unseal secret court records that detail a controversial sting operation targeting state lawmakers.

If granted, the request filed by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and unsealed Tuesday would allow the paper to push for opening criminal court documents involving Tyron Ali of Philadelphia.

He was allegedly an undercover operative who taped five Philadelphia Democrats accepting cash or gifts in a state investigation, later dropped by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

In the court filing, the Tribune-Review says the public and the press have a right to open court proceedings under the Pennsylvania and U.S. Constitutions.

A broader coalition of news organizations, including The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Associated Press, is expected to file a similar motion today.

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