1/14 - The Grim Impact of Judicial Secrecy on Public Health and Safety
When: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 12:50pm - 2:00pm
Where: Stanford Law School, Room 280B, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford CA 94305

Courts' sealing practices have had an adverse impact on public health. Last year, in-depth investigative journalism by Reuters generated the first-ever national data set showing the prevalence of court secrecy across the country. The Reuters series revealed how the sealing of court records contributed to the opioid crisis and hid important information about the risks of a popular prescription drug, among other impacts. Reuters journalist Dan Levine is part of a team that conducted a multiyear investigation into the practices of sealing records and issuing protective orders in the federal courts and the impact of these practices on public health and safety. The team's reporting prompted a rare congressional hearing about public access to the courts last September. Dan will discuss the Reuters investigation's findings, methodology, and impact. Presented by the Center for Internet and Society and the Department of Communication.
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