TCOG, Reporters’ Committee push for open records in NHC fire lawsuit

TCOG and the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press are among the press groups who have filed a friend-of-court brief to try to get the Tennessee Supreme Court to open records in the lawsuit pertaining to the 2003 fire at at an NHC nursing home in Nashville that killed 16 folks. From a statement on the Reporters’ Committee Web site:

Reporters Committee Executive Director Lucy Dalglish said the Tennessee Supreme Court should make clear to trial courts that discovery documents filed with motions that would end the case are public records, absent a specific showing that secrecy is necessary. “The trial court prevented the press from reporting stories about the safety of nursing homes without even explaining the need for secrecy,” Dalglish said. “I can’t imagine very many situations where the need for public access is greater.”

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