The case below reinforces my strongly held belief that the appellate briefs (not the full record, however) in dependency and TPR cases should be public. The briefs are already redacted and the opinions publish much of the same information found in the briefs. There’s no reason to keep them hidden. It only serves to prevent public comment and amicus on cases until after they are decided and its too late. Given the important public interests at stake, public participation could only be a good thing.
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