Pa. high court limits release of home addresses

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 19, 2016 4:52 AM

People walk by the Pennsylvania Judicial Center Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. A Pennsylvania ethics board is accusing state Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin of violating both judicial and constitutional codes of conduct by exchanging lewd and offensive emails with friends. The Judicial Conduct Board on Tuesday said it filed four charges with a disciplinary court that has the power to remove judges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's highest court says the right to personal privacy in government records is guaranteed by the state constitution, as it reverses a lower court ruling involving public school employees' home addresses.

The unanimous Supreme Court ruling came in a seven-year-old Right-to-Know Law case.

In the 33-page decision, the justices say the right to informational privacy may not be violated unless outweighed by a public interest favoring disclosure.

They sent the case back to the Commonwealth Court, which ruled last year that employees must first have a chance to fight such a request for their information.

It was prompted by requests to school districts for the names and addresses of all school employees.

The state's largest teachers' union sued to stop it and asked the court to declare the information exempt from public access.

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