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Resource ID: #27176
Subject: Judicial system
Source: query failed
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Date: Jan. 21, Jan. 30, Feb. 2, April 8, April 9, April 14, April 22, April 28, May 19, June 9, June 25, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Sept. 30, Oct. 2, Nov. 2, 2015

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This is an entry for the IRE FIO award. Concealed Courts is a series about how the state judicial branch exempted itself from state open records laws, refused to discuss policies and declined to provide records other government agencies have to release. In the process, I found judicial employees, including Supreme Court justices, moonlighting on state time, some departments releasing information others would not and a total lack of accountability from an agency that spends hundreds of million of tax dollars. In the end, the courts put forth a records policy but by that time my stories prompted the legislature to formulate a bill to be introduced in the 2016 session.

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