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Execution records appeal leads to ruling limiting Virginia FOIA disclosures

Soo Rin Kim | Freedom of Information | News | October 7, 2015
October 7, 2015

A recent ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court in a death penalty records case could jeopardize many more open records requests under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, after the court held that a government agency can withhold an entire document if any portion is exempt and would have to be redacted.

The case started with a victory in Fairfax Circuit Court for Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax), who had requested information from the Department of Corrections about the state's methods for executions and the facilities where they are conducted. The department appealed, and the state Supreme Court ruled that state law does not require officials to redact documents. If information in a document is exempt from disclosure, the court said, the entire document can be withheld.

D.C. appeals court to consider issuing redacted opinion in high-profile sealed case

Rob Tricchinelli | Secret Courts | News | March 29, 2013
March 29, 2013

In response to a letter from the Reporters Committee, a federal appeals court has taken a critical first step toward unsealing an opinion in a high-profile Washington, D.C. corruption case.

The appellate court treated the letter as a motion to intervene and unseal part of the record. The court ordered the parties to respond and suggest redactions to its opinion within 30 days.

Child abuse records must be disclosed to newspapers, Ky. appellate court rules

Amanda Simmons | Newsgathering | News | July 12, 2012
July 12, 2012

Two Kentucky newspapers earned a victory in a lengthy legal battle with child welfare officials this week when a state appellate court ruled that records relating to child abuse cases that resulted in death or near-fatal injuries must continue to be publicly disclosed.

Pa. court orders state transportation dept. to release speed tracking device records to ticketed speeder

Andrea Papagianis | Freedom of Information | News | March 29, 2012
March 29, 2012

A Pennsylvania appellate court ruled on Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation must release records on speed enforcement devices used by state police agencies in full – without any redactions – under the state's Right-to-Know Law to an engineer whose speeding ticket sparked the requests.

Judicial order restricting publication of material in live-streamed court proceeding is unconstitutional

Kristen Rasmussen | Prior Restraints | Feature | March 14, 2012
March 14, 2012

A judicial order that a news organization redact material presented during open court is an unconstitutional prior restraint on publication, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled today.

The state’s Supreme Judicial Court also directed its Judiciary-Media Committee to develop guidelines for the live online streaming pilot project of the National Public Radio station in Boston at the heart of the legal dispute.

Judge orders release of misconduct report in Stevens trial

Kristen Rasmussen | Secret Courts | Feature | February 9, 2012
February 9, 2012

An investigative report about alleged prosecutorial misconduct in the corruption case against the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens will be released after a Washington, D.C., federal judge yesterday found that the public's right of access overcame several of the lawyers’ claims that disclosure of the document would damage their reputations.

Oklahoma high court rejects rule requiring redacted filings

Kristen Rasmussen | Secret Courts | Feature | December 16, 2011
December 16, 2011

The Oklahoma Supreme Court earlier this week nixed a proposed rule that would have severely limited personal information contained in court records in favor of one that allows, but does not require, the omission of basic identifying data.

Unsealed petition details pain relief advocate's legal battle

Kristen Rasmussen | Secret Courts | Feature | October 19, 2010
October 19, 2010

An outspoken pain relief advocate has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to shield her from a grand jury subpoena that threatens her First Amendment right to criticize the government, according to a recently unsealed but still redacted petition in a case that also has implications for journalists called before grand juries.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to redacted filing

Derek Green | Secret Courts | Feature | October 18, 2010
October 18, 2010

The United States Supreme Court today denied the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press' motion to intervene in a pending case but allowed a redacted version of the petitioners' request for Supreme Court review to be publicly filed.