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Media Groups Urge ABA 'No' Vote

A coalition of journalism organizations is urging the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, meeting in San Francisco later this week, to reject proposed resolutions that the organizations say would drastically limit public access to criminal justice records. The resolutions, co-sponsored by the ABA's Commission on Effective Judicial Sanctions and the Criminal Justice Section, are intended to enhance employment opportunities for people with criminal records. But in a letter sent Saturday to members of the House of Delegates, Lucy A. Dalglish, the lawyer who is executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said the proposals would severely damage the public's right to know.

"The effect of these policy recommendations would roll back 40 years of First Amendment jurisprudence creating a presumption of openness in criminal proceedings, violate state open records laws and eliminate the ability of the public and press to act as watchdogs of the criminal justice system."

The RCFP has provided a series of links with more information:

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on August 7, 2007 at 05:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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