Sealing request

A request to a court that it seal and shield from public view a court record otherwise publicly accessible

Federal court declines to unseal records on investigation into Wisconsin Republican campaign finances

Danielle Keeton-Olsen | Secret Courts | News | June 23, 2014
June 23, 2014

A district court in Wisconsin denied a motion to unseal documents last week in a lawsuit attempting to end an investigation into Wisconsin Republican campaign finances.

On May 1, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, along with four other media organizations, filed a motion to intervene and unseal the entirety of the parties’ filings in the federal court proceeding O’Keefe v. Schmitz et. al.

Delaware Supreme Court dismisses appeal in Al Jazeera contract sealing case

Bradleigh Chance | Secret Courts | News | June 5, 2014
June 5, 2014

The Delaware Supreme Court dismissed an appeal this week of an order requiring Al Jazeera to file an almost completely unredacted version of its complaint against AT&T from a 2013 contract dispute.

Despite having both parties file briefs and deliver oral arguments, the high court threw out the appeal without explaining why.

Wisconsin judge orders emails, other documents of former Walker aide released

Michael Rooney | Secret Courts | News | February 5, 2014
February 5, 2014

The Wisconsin First District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that previously sealed documents from the secret investigation and conviction of Kelly Rindfleisch, former aid of the state's governor, Scott Walker, will be made available to the public within 30 days, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Rindfleisch, who was convicted of misconduct in public office, had asked the court of Appeals in Milwaukee to keep the documents sealed. The court denied the motion, and, instead, unsealed the documents, except for documentation including social security numbers and medical information.

D.C. appeals court issues redacted opinion in sealed corruption case

Rob Tricchinelli | Secret Courts | News | May 16, 2013
May 16, 2013

A federal appeals court unsealed a redacted version of an opinion Thursday in a high-profile but secretive Washington, D.C. corruption case, in response to a letter from the Reporters Committee.

Washington Supreme Court narrows public access to court documents

Rob Tricchinelli | Secret Courts | News | January 15, 2013
January 15, 2013

Supporting documents can remain hidden when filed in a court case that settles before a decision is reached, according to a ruling last week by the Washington state Supreme Court.

According to the state constitution, “justice in all cases shall be administered openly,” creating a presumption of public access to court documents in most cases. The state’s courts had previously interpreted that part of the constitution to apply only to documents that were “part of the administration of justice.”

Mich. judge's request for sealing order in controversial suit against him denied

Kristen Rasmussen | Secret Courts | News | October 5, 2012
October 5, 2012

A Michigan family court judge yesterday denied a motion to seal records in a high-profile civil lawsuit without hearing arguments from the attorney representing several local media organizations that objected to the defendant’s request for secrecy.

Appeals Court bars First Amendment nonprofit from intervening in Apple-Samsung case

Rob Tricchinelli | Secret Courts | News | September 20, 2012
September 20, 2012

A federal appeals court earlier this week temporarily resealed exhibits and evidence in a legal battle over smart phones and tablets, staying a trial judge’s order that certain records be released to the public. The court also denied an advocacy group’s attempt to intervene and keep the records open on appeal.

In the highly publicized patent litigation between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., news organization Reuters America LLC had filed a motion asking the trial court to unseal certain evidence and trial exhibits.

Ohio Supreme Court orders unsealing of records in high-profile criminal prosecution

Emily Miller | Secret Courts | News | July 27, 2012
July 27, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court ordered a judge to release all records sealed during the criminal prosecutions of several Mahoning County officials and business owners. The state high court also prohibited the judge from issuing further orders sealing records in the high-profile criminal-conspiracy case.

“We decide this case based on the Rules of Superintendence, which provide for public access to court records,” according to the opinion issued Wednesday.

Judge unseals court records in Trayvon Martin shooting

Rachel Bunn | Secret Courts | News | April 24, 2012
April 24, 2012

A Florida judge unsealed court records relating to the case of George Zimmerman - who is charged with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin - following legal requests by several news organizations.

Fourth Circuit to close portions of oral argument in Sterling case to the public

Andrea Papagianis | Newsgathering | News | April 19, 2012
April 19, 2012

Classified portions of oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. (4th Cir.) will be closed to the public in the government's case against ex-CIA official Jeffrey Sterling, who is charged with violating the Espionage Act for disclosing classified information. Only arguments pertaining to the subpoena of New York Times reporter James Risen will be heard in open court.