Montenegro v. City of DoverAnnotate this Case
Petitioner David Montenegro appealed a superior court order that denied his petition under the Right-to-Know Law requesting disclosure of information pertaining to certain surveillance equipment and procedures of Respondent City of Dover. Petitioner sought information on: (1) the precise locations of the City’s surveillance equipment; (2) the recording capabilities for each piece of equipment; (3) the specific time periods each piece of equipment is operational; (4) the retention time for any recordings; and (5) the job titles of those who monitor the recordings. The City denied his request on the basis that "it would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions." In addition, the City stated that "disclosure could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law." The superior court found that the City had sustained its burden of justifying withholding the the information. Upon review, the Supreme Court concluded that information on the City's surveillance equipment was exempt from disclosure under the Right-to-Know Law. As such, the Court affirmed the trial court's denial of Petitioner's requests.