This week in public records – Texas – Florida – FTC

The Texas Secretary of State has added 5 new searchable databases: Health Spas, Debt Collector Bonds, Law Enforcement Organizations (by solicitor, bonding company or public safety entity), Telephone Solicitors, and Veterans Organizations and Solicitors.

More details are emerging on the theme of secret court dockets, which have been reported on in various jurisdictions in the past year. A recent Miami Herald article reveals that false court records have been created to disguise the identity of government informants, in violation of state law.

Miami-Dade prosecutors argue that court rules that exempt some sensitive records from public disclosure also authorize judges to misrepresent the public record to protect informants. But no rule explicitly gives judges power to order the creation of a false court record.

The Federal Trade Commission recently posted its decisions back to 1969 but just enabled a full text search of the FTC repository. Select “FTC Decisions” above the search bar.

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