The PACER database is antiquated and expensive to access, and that's just the way the federal judiciary likes it.
St. Louis tattlers discover their complaints about open businesses are public records.
The Hamilton County Attorney's Office later admitted that its policies conflict with the state's public records law.
California's Top Court Finally Allows Law Enforcement Agencies to Share List of Problem Cops With Prosecutors
Powerful unions and state-mandated secrecy made it a fight to know about misconduct.
Media outlets are seeing foot-dragging, destroyed records, and demands for big money for compliance.
Administrator at California's Southwestern College tried to use government transparency law on journalists.
Texas law lets police hide records of suspects who die in custody from grieving families. It could have been fixed, but a police union torpedoed the reform bill.
A Reason investigation of a notorious Texas public records loophole found 81 cases where police hid records of shootings and deaths in custody.
State law keeps misconduct secret from the public. That may be about to change.