Palm Beach Post wants financial records of city councilman

Sealed RecordsAfter a messy divorce hearing, the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Florida is requesting the circuit court judge unseal the financial records of Wellington Village Councilman John Greene. [Read more…]

Fake birth certificate leads to the arrest of Virginia lawyer

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A Virginia woman went so far in trying to create a new identity for herself that she burnt her fingerprints off and created a fake birth certificate.

Ann Marie Miller, now in an Ohio jail, said she wanted a new identity so she could attend law school and gain admission to the state bar; Miller had been disbarred by the commonwealth of Virginia previously. [Read more…]

Wyoming Supreme Court favors media in records case

Scales of JusticeThe Wyoming Supreme Court ruled last Tuesday that circuit courts may not exclude the media and public from hearings.

These hearings determine whether the state has enough evidence to justify charging defendants with sexual assault. It is a win for the media, which had challenged a local circuit judge’s refusal to release information about a local man charged with kidnapping and sexual assault of a girl in 2012. [Read more…]

Arizona ordered to hand over death records

GavelArizona health officials have been ordered to hand over detailed records of incidents where mentally ill patients have died while in state care. It is the second time in less than 10 years a judge has made this decision. [Read more…]

Wisconsin reaches compromise over redacted information in police reports

NewspaperThe Wisconsin Newspaper Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities reached a settlement this week recommending police release reports without redacting information.

Agencies in Wisconsin have been blacking out records based on what a judge found was a misinformed interpretation of a federal law meant to protect the privacy of driver’s license records. [Read more…]