Friday, July 08, 2005

Regarding Secret File and 'Sealed' Lawsuits:

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"You cannot be an effective check and balance if you do not have access to what they are doing," attorney Stephanie S. Abrutyn said.

"The system loses credibility and it loses public confidence."

The lawsuit names as the sole defendant Judge Joseph Pellegrino, the state's chief court administrator. Melissa Farley, a judicial branch spokeswoman, declined to comment.

"Judge Pellegrino hasn't seen [the lawsuit] and I don't think it would be right to comment before he has an opportunity to see it," she said Friday afternoon.

Pellegrino and William Sullivan, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, said earlier this month that concealing even the existence of some cases from the public undermines confidence in the courts. Both jurists have said they believe the practice should be eliminated.

The above found here on the web

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