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PR 14-01 WPRI v. Community College of Rhode Island – No Violation

The Community College of Rhode Island ("CCRI") did not violate the APRA when it denied WJAR's request for records responsive to the reason a CCRI employee was terminated. After the APRA complaint was filed, the employee's termination was reversed and the employee was reinstated. Even if we assume that WJAR had established some "public interest," we cannot conclude that the public interest outweighs the employee's privacy interest. See Rhode Island General Laws § 38-2-2(4)(A)(I)(b); Pawtucket Teachers Alliance v. Brady, 556 A.2d 556 (R.I. 1989) ("the dual purpose of APRA makes clear that the Legislature did not intend to bestow upon the public carte blanche access to all publicly held documents.")

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