Colorado's judicial branch has spent a year stonewalling The Colorado Independent's quest for court records.

Ballard Spahr attorneys Steven Zansberg and Greg Szewczyk, who are representing The Independent, have petitioned the Supreme Court to strike down a state court ruling denying The Independent access to records in a death penalty case. That unprecedented decision shrouds Colorado courts in secrecy and makes Colorado the only state without a presumptive First Amendment right for the press and public to scrutinize its justice system.

In their petition, Zansberg and Szewczyk say that the ruling must be reversed "because it is so clearly and dangerously wrong."

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