- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania judge is dismissing a case by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and several other news organizations seeking to force the state government to keep employee emails for two years.

A Commonwealth Court panel dismissed the case Thursday, eight months after a judge denied the news organizations’ request for an injunction. The state Supreme Court also declined a request to intervene in the case.

The decision allows 47 state agencies to continue letting employees decide whether emails have no use as public records and can be permanently deleted.

The news organizations contended that the policy violates Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

But in the court decision, Judge Dan Pellegrini wrote that the law doesn’t have a record retention requirement or outlaw the destruction of records. Rather, he says it simply governs whether existing records should be made public.

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