Press Has First Amendment Right to See New Court Complaints on Day of Filing

Over four days of trial earlier this month, Virginia court clerks used public funds and private attorneys to fight tooth and nail against public access. They wound up with a thumping defeat last week, as a federal judge’s opinion affirmed the First Amendment right to see new court complaints on the day they are filed.

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Executive Order

The Illinois Opportunity Project brought a federal complaint over a Montana executive order that requires state-contract bidders to disclose political contributions to candidates or referenda supported. The challenger says the corporations that support it could suffer injury if donor information is publicly disclosed.

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