With the notable exception of MR-GO, nothing about Hurricane Katrina should be sealed; yet, State Farm has sealed so many Katrina litigation documents, the Company is the hands down winner of the “Duck tape saves the day contest“.
Y’allPolitics.com took a step in the right direction today with this announcement:
Jackson New Media, Inc., publisher of the political interest website YallPolitics.com, has filed to intervene in the 2007 federal court case of State Farm Insurance vs. Attorney General Jim Hood…
Jackson New Media attorney Andy Taggart stated, “Hundreds of thousands of Mississippians were adversely affected by Hurricane Katrina. This was a watershed piece of litigation that tens of thousands of homeowners and all Mississippi taxpayers have a stake in. All we ask from the Court is to allow the press and the public their First Amendment right to access to relevant court materials and remove the lingering doubts as to what really happened in this matter.”
You know you look so good,
You got me going now.
The public’s First Amendment right to access relevant court materials does not begin and end with State Farm v Hood. In fact, in the context of Katrina litigation, the case pales by comparison to the relevant court materials that have been sealed since the 29th of August, 2005, when Katrina blew apart homes and families, neighborhoods and communities. Only a small portion of the damage was actually washed away in the surge.
Jackson New Media has the opportunity to unseal us from the destruction, rebuild the integrity of litigation in this State and begin the renewal of our collective faith in the blind justice that makes all equal under law.
Asking to unseal a single document will cause some to question the motives of this worthy effort – one that comes on the heels of the compelling amended complaint in O’Keefe v State Farm and only a few days after the Southern District Federal Court ordered the deposition of Lecky King just weeks before a do-or-die hearing in the Rigsby qui tam case.
Work it all out – expand the motion to include the countless number of sealed depositions and settlement agreements. Remove any doubt about fraud in the MID mediation process as the Shows defendants claimed. Expose every settlement document State Farm has sealed – and there are literally thousands.
Shake it, shake it, shake it – get an unredacted copy of the affidavit of State Farm CEO Ed Rust so we can all see if he lied to Judge Senter as claimed in Fowler v State Farm
Let State Farm twist so all may shout, Justice has been served!