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VOL. 37 | NO. 1 | Friday, January 4, 2013

Judge to decide whether DCS must release records

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NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville judge will decide whether the state Department of Children's Services must release the case files of children who have died or nearly died after being in contact with the agency.

The Tennessean newspaper originally requested the records in September, citing the state's Open Records law. The department gave the paper only a spreadsheet with minimal information.

The newspaper sued to force the release of the files. Joining the suit to be heard Tuesday are The Associated Press and other media organizations from across the state.

In court filings, attorneys for The Tennessean argue that without the records, the public cannot determine whether DCS is adequately protecting children.

Attorneys for the state argue that the media organizations are misinterpreting the law and that privacy concerns are paramount.