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Supreme Court Pressed For Sealed Documents In Death Penalty Case

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and NPR filed a motion to release sealed documents related to an Alabama death penalty case. Sealing documents is an unusual move by the high court.
The Supreme Court has sealed documents related to a death penalty case in Alabama, an unusual step for the court. Source: Mandel Ngan

The state of Alabama executed convicted murderer Christopher Price last week, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution.

The action was not particularly unusual except for one thing — half of the briefs in the case were blacked out, so the public could not see them, and virtually all of the record in the case was sealed.

It is rare for the Supreme Court to allow such deletions, and on Friday, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and NPR filed a motion with the Supreme Court requesting it unseal the material

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