Gravel & Shea PC

October 2013

Vermont Supreme Court Upholds Public’s Right to Know

Robert B. Hemley and Matthew B. Byrne prevailed in the Vermont Supreme Court in a case that sought to obtain information about Rutland City employees viewing pornography at work. The opinion was the third opinion from the Vermont Supreme Court in a series of cases brought by the Rutland Herald to investigate a pattern of various police officers and public officials viewing pornography at work. As a result of the Rutland Herald’s efforts, the Vermont Legislature amended the Public Records Act to make it easier for members of the public to obtain access to criminal investigation records. A copy of the opinion is here.