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Associate Dean Daniel Filler Comments on Viability of Open Records Law Reform

October 12, 2012

In the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sentencing, some have been considering whether Pennsylvania will reform its open records law to provide the public with greater access to state records and more transparency in state universities like Penn State. 

In a Pennsylvania Independent article, Associate Dean Daniel Filler commented that the law's reform will hinge on how much "political mileage" legislators can get out of the issue.  Filler believes that it is likely that the issue will lose traction as the Sandusky scandal fades into the backdrop. “As new things surface, they tend to take center stage,” he said. “That’s the nature of politics.”

Filler, a former public defender, studies the effects of social anxiety on the development of criminal law.