Bethlehem deadlocked on Porco records request

Convicted killer's FOIL appeal will go unanswered following split vote

— The freedom of information law allows agencies holding records to charge a processing fee, which is generally set at a per-page rate by the holder of the records.

Councilman Mark Hennessey and Councilwoman Joann Dawson voted in favor of providing the records.

“A person’s life hangs in the balance with what happens with this case,” Hennessey said. “Even if it’s materials we provided before, we should provide it again.”

Porco was convicted in 2006 of murdering his father and attempting to murder his mother in their Bethlehem home. He’s serving a 46-year-to-life sentence now, and his lawyers are in the process of appealing the case to the state’s highest court.

A decision on that appeal is expected sometime this month.

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