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A Justice’s Dilemma: Open Records and YouTube

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Ohio’s chief justice pledges that the Supreme Court’s pending rewrite of court rules will follow a historical mandate of openness: “Public records are the people’s records. The officials in whose custody they happen to be are mere trustees for the people ….” But Justice Thomas J. Moyer adds that adapting court record rules to the Internet era will not be easy: “The question looms large when “public” no longer means available for review in a Courthouse, but now means accessible through Google, displayed on MySpace, or played on YouTube.” (2/14/08)