VT: Inquest subpoena for video of police involved shooting is a public record

A television station sought access to a video of a police involved shooting produced before an inquest. The record is presumptively an open record. “The pivotal question in this case is whether a trial-court order granting a motion to quash a subpoena issued in the context of an inquest is categorically exempt from public disclosure. We hold that the order is a public record presumptively subject to disclosure under the Rules for Public Access to Court Records, and conclude that there is no basis for sealing the record in this case. Accordingly, we reverse the trial court’s denial of appellant Gray Television, Inc.’s motion to unseal the order.” In re VSP-TK / 1-16-18 Shooting ((Gray Television, Inc.), 2019 VT 47, 2019 Vt. LEXIS 92 (July 19, 2019).

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