10/15/2013 9:55 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - The state's highest court was scheduled to weigh arguments over whether state police are required to open their records on allegations of abuse and misconduct by officers.
The state Supreme Court was set to take up the issue Tuesday. State police want to keep those details a secret and argued that releasing them would be an invasion of officers' privacy.
In 2010, the Charleston Gazette sued to received the reports from the agency's Professional Standards section that handled internal investigations. The lawsuit was filed after requests for public information from the state police and the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety were repeatedly denied.
In May of 2012, a circuit judge sided with state police.