Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Records sought in aborted sting

THE Daily News is joining a coalition of news organizations across the state seeking to make public the now-secret court records about an aborted undercover corruption probe that reportedly targeted local pols, including four state lawmakers from Philadelphia.

The People Paper is hooking up with the Inquirer - which broke the story about the aborted sting operation that began in 2010 and was stopped by Attorney General Kathleen Kane after she took office last year - and at least seven other news organizations seeking to open up the records.

The news organizations said they would file a motion to unseal records about the arrest of Philadelphia lobbyist Tyron Ali on fraud charges, the subsequent operation in which he secretly taped conversations with area politicians and allegedly gave them cash or gifts, and the dropping of charges against Ali last year.

"The more that citizens can learn about the nature of the undercover operation and the attorney general's rationale for sealing the records, the better off citizens will be in terms of an informed public," Inquirer editor William K. Marimow told his newspaper last night.

The move also is backed by NBC10, the Associated Press, the Allentown Morning Call, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the Lancaster New Era and Journal, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition.

- Will Bunch

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