Boston Globe Suing State Over 'Secret Courts'

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Boston Globe has decided to file a lawsuit with the Massachusetts court system seeking access to thousands of court files at the center of the paper's recently-published investigation into secretive criminal justice hearings.

Those records pertain to cases where clerk magistrates have found there's enough evidence to charge people with crimes, but have declined to do so. WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Laurie Kirby talked to Globe Spotlight reporter Todd Wallack about the decision to sue over the records.

Read the full Boston Globe Spotlight story here

"We know very little about those cases because the files are secret, the hearings happen behind closed doors, the hearings typically aren't posted anywhere, so there's very little information known," Wallack said. "Our lawyers have previously asked the courts voluntarily to provide more information on these cases and they declined, so our lawyers are now taking the next step of filing a lawsuit with the Supreme Judicial Court and asking them to release the files."

Listen to WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Laurie Kirby interview The Globe’s Todd Wallack:

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