Jessica Mach reports in the Daily Journal about the First Amendment Coalition‘s motion asking the Supreme Court to sanction Governor Gavin Newsom for blocking public access to much information he has submitted in support of constitutionally required requests for court approval of some clemency grants.

According to the article, the motion includes the contention that the Coalition should not be required to file a separate motion to unseal files each time the Governor submits a clemency recommendation request.  But that’s the system the court put in place in a ruling 13 months ago on the Coalition’s first motion.


Why is secrecy the default on gubernatorial clemency recommendation requests?

Supreme Court denies Governor’s bid to seal entire clemency files, but gives him a do-over to seek partial secrecy

More clemency records partially unsealed