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Resnik writes: "Instead of open proceedings, filings would not be docketed, the courtroom would be closed to the public and the outcome would be secret."

 (photo: CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade/Wikipedia)
(photo: CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade/Wikipedia)

Renting Judges for Secret Rulings

By Judith Resnik, The New York Times

02 March 14


SHOULD wealthy litigants be able to rent state judges and courthouses to decide cases in private and keep the results secret?

The answer should be an easy no, but if the judges of Delaware’s Chancery Court persuade the United States Supreme Court to take their case and reverse lower federal court rulings outlawing that practice, corporations will, in Delaware, be able to do just that.

The state has long been a magnet for corporate litigation because of its welcoming tax structures and the court’s business expertise. Yet the State Legislature became concerned that Delaware was losing its “pre-eminence” in corporate litigation to a growing market in private dispute resolution.

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+14 # Archie1954 2014-03-02 12:52
"Justice" rendered in secret is no justice at all!
+8 # bingers 2014-03-02 14:02
There should be no secret trials unless they affect the safety of the Country, and there should be no gag orders on settlements. Whatever payments for wrongdoing there are should be published.
+5 # JSRaleigh 2014-03-02 16:33
Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, ...
+4 # rose528 2014-03-02 17:34
another nazi fascist party of NO (repugs) law passed to limit the American people rights
+2 # Used Name 2014-03-02 23:12
Don't you love the way they use the term "Business expertise" to imply something other than an improbability of consideration for anything other than corporate interests?

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