Monday, January 23, 2006

Calif. court affirms access to divorce records

A California appeals court last week determined a state law used by billionaire investor Ron Burkle to seal records in his divorce case is unconstitutional, ruling the First Amendment allows public access to divorce proceedings, The Associated Press reports.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal on Jan. 20 said that the state law, which was intended to improve privacy and confidentiality, placed an “undue burden” on the public’s ability to review court records in divorce cases.

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