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Court says porn emails aren't public records under Pa. law

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 19, 2015 12:10 PM
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FILE PHOTO: State Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs the Montgomery County courthouse. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- A state court says pornographic emails on attorney general's office computers are not public records under the state Right-to-Know Law, but the judges aren't stopping Attorney General Kathleen Kane from releasing them. 

Commonwealth Court has ruled 6-to-1 against a request by The Philadelphia Inquirer to release the emails, saying "public records'' under the access law have to document a transaction or activity of the agency. 

A Kane spokesman says she's reviewing the decision and will announce her plans Wednesday.

The newspaper made a formal request in August 2014 for copies of all emails that are "of a personal nature and involve pornographic or otherwise inappropriate material.''

It covered all employees since 2005. 

Kane's previously made public dozens of emails with content that ranges from juvenile humor to sexually explicit images.

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