Editorial: Judge Martinez vs. open records in Planned Parenthood shooting

From The Denver Post:  In the case against Robert Dear Jr., who is accused in the shooting rampage at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood office in November, the public is still being kept in the dark.

Unfortunately, El Paso County District Court Judge Gilbert Martinez wants it to remain that way. He is suppressing information that is routinely provided in the vast majority of criminal cases in Colorado, including very serious ones.

The news media, including The Denver Post, requested that Martinez unseal the arrest warrant affidavit and search warrant affidavits in the case for which Dear faces 179 felony charges, including eight counts of first-degree murder.

Dear is accused of killing three people and wounding nine others on Nov. 27. The records have been sealed indefinitely.

The public knows a lot about the tragic events that day, but many of the details that remain unknown are important not only to the community but to the national conversation around gun rights and abortion.

Dear apparently was fueled by an anti-abortion stance, based upon the target of his attack and his own statements in court since. But do the affidavits cite additional evidence or motives? And while President Obama invoked the tragedies of mass shootings in taking executive action on firearms, we still don’t know the type of gun used in this shooting — or guns, for that matter — or how Dear obtained his weaponry.

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