Many of the nation's biggest news organizations, some of its top legal scholars and a squadron of Colorado newsrooms have joined The Colorado Independent in its petition before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that seeks to protect the public's First Amendment right to court records.

The case could determine the extent to which the public and the news media have access to court records in Colorado and possibly beyond.

Steve Zansberg, a Colorado attorney with the firm Ballard Spahr who is representing The Independent pro bono, said he was encouraged by the show of support from such an array of media outlets and constitutional law scholars. Among the scholars were liberals and conservatives alike.

That more than 75 media organizations and law school professors are supporting The Independent "sends a clear signal to the Supreme Court that the ramifications of this case spread far beyond the matter of People v. Owens," Zansberg said.

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