Kansas media fights to open court records

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Media advocates say they are concerned Kansas courts are closing more records and hearings to the public.

Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

Stay up-to-date with KAKE News:

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Media advocates say they are concerned Kansas courts are closing more records and hearings to the public.

The Kansas Press Association and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government point to recent instances where hearings or court records were closed in high-profile cases, including quadruple murders in Parsons and in Franklin County.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports a 1981 Kansas Supreme Court ruling laid out specific rules judges must follow before closing any pretrial proceedings or sealing records. Advocates say those rules have not been followed in recent cases.

A bill before the Legislature would unseal the court records used to establish probable cause to obtain a search or arrest warrant. It has been approved by the House and might be discussed during the wrap-up session, which starts Wednesday.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KAKE TV 1500 N. West Street Wichita, KS 67203-1323 (316) 943-4221
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 257166191 - kake.com/a?a=257166191