Tag Archives: court records

TCOG’s Gibson quoted on efforts by Tennessee courts to shield sex crime victims’ names

From the AP:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee appeals court is increasing efforts to shield the identities of adult victims of sex crimes.

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has had a policy in place for years to use initials in place of names in opinions published online. These opinions can go into graphic detail about the sexual abuse of women and children.


TCOG speaks out on substitute judge records

TCOG Executive Director Frank Gibson was quoted in The Tennessean‘s report on substitute judges in Davidson County — specifically, about General Sessions Court Judge Gloria Dumas’ use of her personal lawyer in handling a request for records pertaining to substitutes:

Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, said such practices raise concerns.

“It’s not just a red flag. It’s outrageous,” Gibson said.

“The court … still has the legal obligation under the law to make those records available,” Gibson said. “It’s being filed for a public reason. What does Judge Dumas’ attorney have to do with the government office that has those records? Zilch. He has no authority whatsoever.”


Why don’t more TN counties put their court records online?

TCOG Executive Director Frank Gibson was quoted on the subject in this story from the AP. Only three counties offer some kind of free Web access to court records, the AP says.

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.”