Saturday, March 18, 2006

Bill would shield divorce details

California news:
First Amendment advocates are gearing up to fight a new version of a bill that would limit access to divorce records, a move they say would erode the public's ability to monitor judges ...

Backers of the bill, SB 1015 by Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City, say it is needed to guard against identity theft and to preserve the privacy of parties in contested divorces.

"Why should it be invaded?" just because someone ends up in divorce court, asked Fred Silberberg, a Los Angeles lawyer and certified family law specialist who drafted the bill.

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