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High court won't hear challenge to sealed case

By The Associated Press
11.11.08

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has turned aside a legal newspaper publisher’s challenge to court decisions sealing an entire case from public view.

The justices did not comment yesterday on their order denying the appeal by the New York Law Publishing Company. The publisher and two of its newspapers, The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly, had sought access to a case that involved a woman who claimed her employer fired her because she had an abortion.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld a trial judge’s decision to seal the case. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe in the limited court filings that have been made public, has since settled the case with her employer. That may have affected the high court’s decision.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 29 media organizations had asked the justices to take the case, New York Law Publishing Company v. Doe.


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