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Friday, January 24, 2014

Ind. Courts - Daviess Superior Court holds Adm.Rule 9 hearing on unsealing of court records

Here is the story from WAMW 107.9 FM:

Thursday afternoon, what Judge Dean Sobecki called “ an unusual hearing” was held in Daviess County Superior Court. The hearing was called by Court itself, to gather information about whether or not the court records in the case of Logan Evans should be unsealed. Evans was arrested for the shooting death of Devon Burris in early December. Since Evans’s arrest, the probable cause affidavit and all other record dealing with the case have been sealed on a motion from the Daviess County Prosecutor’s Office, citing a continuing investigation.

Sobecki told the Court that he initiated yesterday’s hearing after a conversation with a Washington Times-Herald reporter, questioning the need for the documents remaining sealed.

Attorney Jan Carroll, speaking on behalf of the newspaper, cited Indiana’s open document law in asking the Judge to unseal the documents. The Judge also questioned Carroll concerning Administrative Rule 9, which is part of guidelines established by the Indiana Supreme Court.

The Daviess County Prosecutor’s office said that circumstances had not changed in regard for the need to seal the documents.

Judge Sobecki took briefs presented during the hearing under advisement. The Judge said he would most likely have a decision in regard to unsealing the documents with in the week.

In 2006 the ILB had a long list of entries under the heading, "Judge seals records in French Lick casino dispute without hearing." This took place in Orange County and is a fascinating read.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 24, 2014 04:55 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts