School board member sues LNP over secret meeting recording

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 22, 2017 5:10 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A midstate school board member is suing a newspaper for reporting on the contents of a secret recording of a closed-door board meeting on the search for a new superintendent.

School board member Bill Murry in Manheim Township, Lancaster County says the LNP newspaper, an editor and two of its reporters violated state wiretapping laws by reporting on the recording, defamed him and also invaded his privacy.

The newspaper reported in 2016 that the audiotape showed board members making plans to have individual conversations about hiring a search firm, rather than meeting in a group, to avoid state open-meeting requirements.

Murry says that conclusion by the newspaper was a "false narrative."

The newspaper says it doesn't know who made the tape, and that the company acted lawfully.

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