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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.

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TCOG speaks out as fight over TNInvestco records heads to state Supreme Court

The state’s highest court has been asked to force the release of records pertaining to the $200 million in tax credits for the TNInvestco program, The Tennessean says.

Tennessee Coalition for Open Government Executive Director Frank Gibson was quoted in the story:

Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, said the case does raise important questions about access to public records.

“The information that they have collected would be considered, under any other scenario, public bidding information,” he said. “The public has a right to know what went into the decision of who $200 million in state money would go to.”

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.”

 

TCOG weighs in on Monroe Co. autopsy report left in limbo

TCOG Executive Director Frank Gibson was quoted by the Knoxville News-Sentinel on the repeated delays in granting access to the autopsy report in a high-profile homicide investigation — that of Monroe County Election Commission Chairman Jim Miller:

“And there is a deadline of seven days to respond,” said Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. “That deadline was put in there to stop such shenanigans as (simply ignoring a request).”

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.