For years, anyone could go to a courthouse and look up marriage licenses. Now, however, the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration (OJA) has taken the position that public access to records of marriages should be limited. In taking this position, JOA claims it seeks to protect the privacy of marriage licensees. For authority to restrict […]
In response to Judge Kay Huff’s ruling on December 19, 2014, denying the Lawrence Journal-World’s motion to unseal, the newspaper filed a petition for mandamus review at the Kansas Supreme Court. Read the story here.
When the Lawrence Journal-World’s request for affidavits was denied in these matters in October, it filed a motion to unseal the affidavits. Judge Kay Huff denied the motions to unseal, stating that the issue was moot because the case had been dismissed. Read the story here.
Renowned investigative journalist Karen Dillon reports on the struggle to release autopsy records that should have been public in the first place. Read the story here.
In a rape case in Douglas County, a judge reconsidered her earlier decision sealing the probable cause affidavit and ordered a redacted version be released after hearing arguments from the Lawrence Journal-World. Read the story here.
In a hearing on October 23, 2014, District Court Judge Kay Huff granted motions made by both prosecution and defense sealing the probable cause affidavits in two alleged rape cases. Both the Lawrence Journal World and the Topeka Capitol-Journal noted that she did not explain her decision to do so either on the record or […]
In a murder case in Labette County, the judge recognized the Kansas Supreme Court’s presumption of openness of court records, and held that records previously ordered sealed by statute were required to be made public. Read the story here.