first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court on Wednesday nullified a law that made it easy to seal divorce court records. The justices, without comment, declined to review an appeals court decision of a billionaire’s divorce that declared the 2004 law “unconstitutional on its face.” The Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and the California Newspaper Publishers Association had urged the court to let the January appeals ruling stand. The case was brought by supermarket magnate Ronald Burkle, who had filed under seal 28 documents about personal income, expenses and the post-marital agreement with his former wife, Janet. Ronald Burkle’s attorney, Patricia Glaser, was not immediate prepared to comment. Janet Burkle’s lawyer, Philip Kaufler, was also not immediately available.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe law, which critics said was written by lawmakers to help Burkle, a major campaign contributor, required a judge to seal any court record providing information about the financial assets and liabilities of those getting divorced. Sensitive information is often blacked out of court records, but the law in question allowed the entire document to be sealed and did not give judges any discretion. Lawmakers have been mulling a less restrictive law, but an Assembly floor vote was postponed indefinitely last week. Kelli Sager, the media’s attorney, said the decision was an important victory for the public. “In general, the Constitution protects the public’s right to review court proceedings,” she said. “It gives them some means to figure out if the court is operating the way it should.” last_img

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