AZ: Sealed records accessed in court

Brian Wright reports:

A report from the Administrative Office of the Courts found more than 40 ongoing criminal cases involved possible unauthorized access to sealed documents by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.

From the moment Amanda Stanford took office in January as clerk of the Superior Court in Pinal County, she drew attention to the issue. Now, she says she has evidence from the state office, which is a division of the Arizona Supreme Court, to back up her claims.


In eight of the 43 cases identified where documents were “potentially viewed without authority,” those documents were viewed from the public access terminal in the clerk’s office lobby in Florence. The public access terminal allows anonymity, so there’s no way of knowing who accessed documents, sometimes on multiple occasions, in those eight cases.

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