Two judges in Pennsylvania have signed orders demanding two newspapers remove from their archives stories about several court case defendants, according to a report in one of the affected publications.
One judge immediately promised to rescind the “unpublish” order when the furor over censorship of the publications erupted, and the second judge took that action after meeting with other judges and the county’s prosecutor, a report from the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., confirmed.
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But the search continued for several dozen other orders that apparently included the same censorship instruction for the newspapers.
Reporter Sara Ganim explained the situation involved expungement orders signed by Centre County judges Thomas King Kistler and Bradley P. Lunsford.
The orders are routine for agencies such as police departments and others that handle court records relating to various cases. The Daily Times report said the orders are used to clear the files when cases against individuals are dismissed, after they complete certain probation or diversion programs or when prosecutors voluntarily withdraw their accusations.
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