Editorial: Colorado public defender should be subject to open records laws

From The Denver Post:  Killing a measure that would have made the Colorado State Public Defender’s office subject to open records laws was a short-sighted move by state lawmakers.

It makes no sense that prosecutors must abide by the Colorado Open Records Act, but public defenders do not. Both are supported by government money.

The rationale cited by several Democratic lawmakers in voting against House Bill 1101 was that it unfairly targeted the public defender and the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel.

Some used the excuse that the Colorado Judicial Branch is writing its own rules for releasing administrative records for itself and other agencies it controls.

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