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Decision made, time to move on

Yes, we were victorious in our efforts to get a murder court case file unsealed and we feel vindicated by the result.We now hope that a cordial relationship with all parties involved is possible.We filed the motion to have the court file unsealed because we felt it was the right thing to do from a First Amendment standpoint. This was never an us-against-them mentality.We greatly appreciated that Judge Daniel Petre ruled in our favor and the time he spent evaluating the arguments.We’re also appreciative and respectful of the arguments made by the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office and Tina Fang of the public defenders office. It’s the job of the public defender’s office to serve its client and do the best job possible in representing, in this case, Jesus Hernandez de Jesus.In our legal system, the public defender is an essential cog in providing adequate defense for accused people who can’t afford private representation.In past years, the Post Independent has had a valuable working relationship with the public defender’s office. We hope that kind of a relationship remains now that Fang is in charge of the office.We simply want to do the best job possible in providing information to the public. Acquiring that information requires us to have quality working relationships with local law enforcement, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s and public defender’s office, as well as other agencies.Our only motivation in this move was that we believed the decision to seal was incorrect.We’re currently going through a difficult time in our community where crime is dotting the headlines. People are concerned and many look to us to provide them with information.We hope our working relationship with all the parities involved in our motion to unseal the court file will be cordial and productive from this point on.As it was prior to our motion to unseal the file.


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