Secret Files

Number 21106
Subject Justice
Source Courant (Hartford, Conn.)
State CT
Year 2003
Publication Date Jan. 5, Feb. 9, Feb. 22, Feb. 26, March 9, March 11, March 16, April 17, April 20, May 1, May 14, May 15, May 19, August 22, November 13
Summary The Courant detailed the extent and nature of an unusual practice whereby state judges selectively sealed cases, some so completely that their very existence was not publicly acknowledged. That disclosure, and the revelations that the practice often favored fellow judges, celebrities, and wealthy CEO's, stoked considerable public outrage. Six months later, judges abolished it.
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Pages 44
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