Adoption Records Might Become Public

Should adult adoptees have access to their birth records and be able to learn the identity of their birth parents? It is a question with two sides, that of the adoptee and that of the adoptee’s biological parents. On one … Continued

Texas Cities Unwelcome to Sex Offenders

Nearly two dozen North Texas cities have passed laws prohibiting sex offenders from living within 1,000 or 2,000 feet of schools, day-care centers, parks and other places frequented by children. The attached Dallas Morning News story appears to argue that … Continued

Prostitutes Claim Right to Privacy

Marjorie Cohn, a professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, said that a Web site that publishes photos of convicted prostitutes violates the women’s right to privacy. ďIt’s an incredible invasion of the privacy of the … Continued

NASA Keeps Air Safety Study Secret

Anxious to avoid upsetting air travelers, NASA is withholding results from an unprecedented national survey of pilots that found safety problems like near collisions and runway interference occur far more frequently than the government previously recognized. After all what could … Continued

Defective Bridges Reports Remain Secret

Bridge inspection reports can legally remain secret, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office has decided. Bridge maintenance is a life and death matter as so clearly proven by the recent I35 Minneapolis bridge collapse. In 1990, the Minneapolis bridge was … Continued

Open Records vs. Classified Secrets

In this recent story writer Frank Miele attacks the New York Times’ decision to publish classified military secrets. His argument is that publication endangered Americans and essentially amounted to treason. The Open Records Project would agree with part of Miele’s … Continued

Limits on Presidents’ Control of Open Records

Presidents don’t have indefinite veto power over which records are made public after they’ve left office, a federal judge has ruled. Some presidents might be embarrassed by their records in office. Public disclosure could tarnish their finely tuned “legacy.” Following … Continued

Ahmadinejad Celebrates US Visit By Shutting Site

Iranís judiciary has sealed off the offices of a popular news Web site critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadís policies after journalists continued to update it despite official filtering, the Web site said. The site, when accessed via a link outside … Continued

Police Keep Kidnapper Secret

Darrell David Rice spent 10 years in a federal prison for the attempted kidnapping of a woman in Shenandoah National Park in 1997. The 39-year-old was the government’s prime suspect in a brutal double slaying of two hikers in the … Continued

Washington Governer Keeps Open Records Secret

Gov. Chris Gregoire has refused to reveal the identities of some people who weren’t picked for seats on the state’s new “Sunshine Committee.” The Sunshine Committee’s job is to sort through the more than 300 exemptions to the state’s Public … Continued