Judge Johnny J. Butler

Commonwealth Court Judge Johnny J. Butler upholds Sept 23rd, 2010 court decision to deny CPRB G-20 documents

December 28th, 2011

“The issues before this Court include: 1) whether the authority given to the Board pursuant to the City’s Home Rule Charter supersedes the authority provided in the CHRIA; 2) whether the trial court erred by determining that a chronological listing of names of individuals charged with alleged offenses was protected from disclosure pursuant to Section 9106 of the CHRIA; 3) whether the Board’s failure to challenge the trial court’s information as compromising only protected intelligence, investigative or treatment information was an admission of such classification; and 4) whether the doctrine of judicial estoppel bars the City from repudiating the terms of a letter of understanding that memorializes the terms of the Board’s access to various investigative police documents. For the reasons that follow, we affirm the order of the trial court.”