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PR-15 The Providence Journal v. Rhode Island Office of General Treasurer – No Violation

The General Treasurer's Office did not violate the APRA when it redacted certain financial and commercial information from Cliffwater, LLC Due Diligence Reports. The Due Diligence Reports were created prior to the State of Rhode Island's investment in the respective hedge funds, and therefore, did not shed any light on "how the pension fund investments made by the [State Investment Commission] are performing and what those investments cost." Based upon the totality of the evidence, the redacted material was "of a kind that would customarily not be released to the public by the person from whom it was obtained." The Providence Journal v. Convention Center Authority, 774 A.2d 40, 47 (R.I. 2001). There was also no evidence that the Due Diligence Reports were "submitted" at a public meeting of a public body, and therefore, did not fall within the purview of R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(B).

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