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W.Va. justices say state police must disclose info


   CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has ruled that West Virginia State Police must disclose some information about internal investigations.
   The justices on Tuesday unanimously overturned Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey's 2012 decision rejecting The Charleston Gazette's attempt to obtain records pertaining to State Police investigations into allegations of misconduct by officers. The judge had agreed with State Police that disclosure would violate officers' privacy.
   The Supreme Court said some information about off-duty activities could be off-limits to disclosure, but an officer's conduct on the job is a matter of public interest and is not subject to any privacy exemption.
   The justices ordered Bailey to review the disputed documents behind closed doors and determine what information in them is subject to the state's open-records law.

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