This section covers access to courts. Courtrooms traditionally have been open to the public, but judges often close proceedings or seal documents when they feel secrecy is justified. This section also covers state and federal laws governing camera coverage of trials.
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The Reporters Committee wrote to the court clerk and a three-judge panel at the D.C. Circuit Court, asking them to give public insight into proceedings in a sealed case involving Jeffrey Thompson, a businessman accused of running a shadow campaign for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. The District Court had released a redacted version of an opinion dealing with documents seized from Thompson in a federal raid. Thompson appealed, and the D.C. Circuit issued a completely sealed opinion.