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Johnson Newspaper Corporation v. Melino
New York Court of Appeals
564 N.E.2d 1046 (1990)
The New York Education Department’s Office of Professional Discipline (OPD) (defendant) conducted a disciplinary hearing on misconduct charges brought against a dentist. Johnson Newspaper Corporation (plaintiff) sought access to the disciplinary hearing. OPD denied the request on the ground that it was the policy of the Board of Regents, the final decision-maker in disciplinary proceedings, to conduct closed professional disciplinary hearings unless the accused affirmatively requested an open hearing. Johnson brought a proceeding to obtain public access to the disciplinary hearing. The trial court dismissed the proceeding. The Appellate Division affirmed. Johnson appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hancock, J.)
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