D.C. Courts Rebuked For Barring Public Access

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Washington, D.C.'s highest state-level court has warned judges that they must meet strict standards before barring public access to criminal hearings or records. The Washington Post said it happened last week in a case filed by the D.C. Public Defender Service, which complained about an "endemic" disregard for "the public's right of access" to proceedings. The public defender service says that almost 200 D.C. Superior Court cases are entirely under seal, along with an unknown number sealed to varying degrees. The Public Defender Service went to D.C. Court of Appeals after a . . .

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