The Associated Press et al file to unseal all judicial records in Hulk vs Gawker trial

First Look Media, Inc., WFTS-TV, WPTV-TV, Scripps Media, Inc., WFTX-TV, Journal Broadcast Group, The Associated Press, the Times Publishing Company, and Cable News Network, Inc. have filed a motion to unseal all remaining sealed filings in the Hulk Hogan vs Gawker case. The motion argues that the media’s access to judicial proceedings and records keeps the public informed and helps instill public confidence in both the process and the results of trials. Further they argue that since the Hulk Vs Gawker trial is over, there's no basis for continuing to seal judicial records on the ground that unsealing could be prejudicial to the trial itself. “Historically, litigants have had no reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to trial proceedings and court files” the motion quotes.

You can read the motion to unseal all judicial records currently under seal here.

"Florida’s stalwart presumption of public access to court proceedings and records stems from both this state’s own tradition of openness and the safeguards of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment, as the U.S. Supreme Court has said time and again, requires open courts and court records to ensure the “appearance of fairness [that is] so essential to public confidence in the system."

Will the unsealed records be more damaging to Gawker, or Hulk?

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