New Hampshire news organizations were successful in their challenge to a 2004 state law that would have made financial information in divorce files confidential. The state Supreme Court overturned a lower court that placed the primacy of individual privacy above the public’s right to be informed of court proceedings. Financial affidavits can still be sealed if “the party opposing disclosure of the document demonstrate that there is a sufficiently compelling reason that would justify preventing public access to that document.” The restrictive state law was instituted at the behest of Congressman Charles Douglas after his divorce.
Articles: Associated Press
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