Court gives governor limited ability to keep records private
The state Supreme Court has ruled that the governor may keep secret some records he uses for decision-making. In a five-to-two ruling, the high court says Governor Taft doesn't have the sweeping ability to keep all communications to and from his cabinet directors under wraps. But the justices say members of the public may gain access to those documents only if they can show a special need that outweighs the governor's right to confidentiality. Taft had argued that he didn't have to release any such records because of the common practice of giving the executive branch the right to confidentiality in internal communications.