Arneson to resume Open Records director post for the time

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that his administration would not oppose the motion to lift the stay of the Commonwealth Court’s order of last week reinstating Erik Arneson as head of the Office of Open Records, while his office appeals the decisions.

In cases of an appeal, there is an automatic stay of the lower court’s order unless lifted.

After the Commonwealth Court held that Gov. Wolf exceeded his authority in firing Arneson in February, the Wolf administration stated their intention to appeal. When Arneson showed up to work at the Office of Open Records after the court order, he was turned away pending the appeal.

The decision Monday effectively reinstates Arneson to the post for which he was hired by Gov. Tom Corbett and later fired from by Gov. Wolf.

Monday, June 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Court orders Arneson reinstated as Open Records office head

The much anticipated and long-awaited Commonwealth Court decision in Arneson v. Wolf was issued Wednesday morning with the court ordering by a four to three decision that Erik Arneson be reinstated as the Executive Director of the Office of Open Records and be compensated for back pay.

In so ordering, the court further held that Gov. Tom Wolf exceeded executive authority in firing Arneson, who was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett just days before his term expired.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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AG’s internal Sandusky review documents protected by attorney-client privilege

Wednesday, the Commonwealth Court issued an opinion in Bagwell v. Attorney General and held that documents requested by Ryan Bagwell related to the Office of Attorney General’s internal review of the Sandusky investigation are protected by the attorney-client privilege and attorney-work-product doctrine.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Arneson to take over Open Records Office for departing Mutchler

Arneson to take over Open Records Office for departing Mutchler

Gov. Tom Corbett announced Friday that departing Office of Open Records Executive Director Terry Mutchler will be replaced by Erik Arneson, communications and policy director for one-time Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware).

Sen. Pileggi—along with Arneson—was one of the main architects of Pennsylvania’s Right-To-Know law.

The Office of Open Records Executive Director position is not subject to Senate confirmation and is appointed by the governor for a six-year term at a salary of $140,000 per year.

Friday, January 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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