From the Cape Cod Times: Governor says e-mails off-limits:
Gov. Deval Patrick holds the most conspicuous job in state government, but his records are above public inspection.
While the state’s Public Records Law does not expressly exempt the governor’s papers from outside scrutiny, as it does those of the Legislature or the judiciary, recent chief executives have taken solace in a 1997 Supreme Judicial Court decision saying that because the executive branch is not expressly mentioned in the state’s Public Records Law, it should be exempt from it.
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