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January 25, 2014

Why we asked for the records

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Needless to say, sealed records in all three cases have prevented us from doing our constitutional duty, informing the public.

Our request to unseal Evans’ court records is not any inference on his guilt or innocence. He has the right for a jury of his peers to decide the outcome.

This also holds true for two accused accomplices also charged in the shooting, Lucas Benjamin and Heaven Berry. We feel sorrow for Burris’ family and friends as they continue to grieve. Tammy Burris, the victim’s mother, writes a letter ( below in today’s Letters to the Editor) imploring everyone to make sure other children do not fall into the path Devan and others found themselves that snowy night back in December. We wholeheartedly agree.

During a hearing Thursday, Judge Sobecki said: “If this court didn’t think public access is important, we would not have set this hearing.”

We believe this to be true and look forward to the release of the documents in all three cases against the defendants.

Daviess County courts should not be like military tribunals in Cuba. The investigation into the death of Devan Burris should be primarily over. Three local young people face life-altering charges in our courts in conjunction with Burris’ death. The citizens in our community have a right to know what is going on with these cases.

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