There's been a breaking development in the media battle to gain access to the sealed documents in "State Farm v. Jim Hood."
On Y'all Politics, Alan Lange reports that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed an objection to an April 20, 2010 motion to unseal those documents. Hood provided three major arguments:
- It's been two years since the case materials were sealed and nothing has changed
- The court has the discretion to keep them sealed
- The materials were sealed at the agreement of State Farm and Hood's office. If they are unsealed then Hood threatens that the settlement agreement [which no one has seen] may be challenged or fall apart.
Many remember a similar standoff between the media such as THE NEW YORK TIMES and the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut regarding the sealed discovery documents in the settlement of the clergy sex abuse lawsuits. Three times the Diocese went to the U.S. Supreme Court. Three times it was turned down. A Connecticut Superior Court ruled the media would have access. That happened on December 1, 2009. Actually, there weren't too many surprises.