Saturday, November 19, 2011

Plan to restrict public-records data draws mounting opposition

"Opposition to a proposal to remove certain personal data from court records is mounting and with good reason. Or good reasons, we should say.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has proposed what's known as Rule 31, which would lead to the removal of such information as dates of birth and addresses from court records. The court has sought public comment on the proposal, and it sure got an earful.

We in the news business have long opposed the move because it would make it more difficult for reporters and editors to verify identities and uncover background information on people in the news.

But now, members of law enforcement, district attorneys' offices and the business community have come out against the proposal, for varying reasons."

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