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AG: Applications For Court Clerk Are Open Records

AG: Applications For Court Clerk Are Open Records

CREATED Jun 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Attorney General Bob Cooper said in a legal opinion that applications for chancery court clerk are covered by Tennessee's open records laws.

Cooper said in the opinion that the courts also have no jurisdiction to seal application documents for the position.

The attorney general cited a legal precedent set by a 2002 state Court of Appeals ruling overturning the city of Lebanon's sealing of a settlement with a woman whose husband was shot to death when police officers stormed the wrong house in a drug raid.

The settlement was sealed by a circuit court judge in Lebanon upon request of the city's attorneys after The Tennessean newspaper of Nashville asked for the record. The appeals court ruled that move improper because there was no pending action before the lower court.

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