Transparency On Trial

August 8, 2012

Tomorrow the judge in the Aurora shooting case will reconsider his decision to seal the court file. Judge William Sylvester ruled that documents normally open to the public would be kept secret. This includes police notes, search warrants and arrest affadavits. Around 20 media outlets, including NPR, have challenged the decision. Steven Zansberg is the Denver lawyer representing the press. And to offer some insight into the desire for secrecy is former prosecutor, now criminal attorney, and adjunct professor of law at DU, Karen Steinhauser. They join us as part of our State Integrity Project. 

[Credit: Jeff Kandyba]

This story is part of the State Integrity Investigation, a partnership with the Center for Public Integrity.  Researchers there graded all 50 states for their corruption risk and gave Colorado a D+.  Visit their website to find out why.  

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