Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Access to some ND court records may be blocked

"North Dakota's Supreme Court has endorsed allowing judges to block electronic access to state records of criminal prosecutions if the person accused is acquitted or the charges are dismissed.

Jack McDonald, a Bismarck attorney who represents North Dakota newspapers and broadcasters, called it "self-defeating," given the high court's efforts to make judicial information available through the Internet.

North Dakota residents who are doing quick background checks now will be denied access to information they are paying for, McDonald said."

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