The state's preeminent First Amendment attorney, Steve Zansberg, doesn't think so. And he's not being shy about it, despite the State Supreme Court's recent rejection of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition's call for a uniform standard for how judges decide to seal court records. From Jeffrey Roberts of the CFOIC:

More than a year ago, the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition asked the state court system to adopt such a rule, noting that disputes over the closure of records in high-profile criminal cases often focus not just on whether records should be sealed, but on the appropriate legal standard to apply in making that determination.

CFOIC President Steve Zansberg, a media law attorney with Ballard Spahr in Denver, proposed a rule modeled after one set by the American Bar Association and previously applied by the Colorado Supreme Court in resolving the closure of a preliminary hearing. But in a one-paragraph letter sent in November, Colorado Court of Appeals Judge John Daniel Dailey told Zansberg that his recommendation had been turned down by the Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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