Federal judge: Clerk Dorothy Brown ‘cannot end-run the First Amendment’

“A federal judge doubled-down Tuesday on his order that Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown provide public access to new electronically filed lawsuits” writes Jon Seidel for U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly ordered Brown on Jan. 8 to provide that access within 30 days.Since then, she has signaled she will appeal his order to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.On Tuesday, he shot down her arguments that, among other things, his order would require her to make public lawsuits that are filed under seal.

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