Court rules against Penn State alumnus seeking emails on handling of child sex abuse scandal


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STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania — A state court has blocked a bid by a Penn State alumnus to gain access to email exchanges between the state attorney general's office and an independent group that was investigating the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at the university.

The ruling came Monday on the correspondence between state prosecutors and investigators hired by trustees and led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

The three-judge Commonwealth Court panel said the material falls under "investigative exceptions" in Pennsylvania laws governing transparency.

Ryan Bagwell, a 2002 Penn State graduate, said he disagrees with the decision but an appeal is unlikely.

Bagwell earlier won an appeals court decision that he's entitled to see communications between Penn State's board of trustees and a member who was state secretary of education at the time.

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