The Colorado Supreme Court this week ordered El Paso County District Judge Gilbert Martinez to formally explain why he has taken the extraordinary step of sealing court records in the case against accused Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear Jr.
That's excellent news, since the reasons Martinez has supplied so far don't stand up to scrutiny.
At one point, for example, the judge suggested it is normal to suppress arrest warrants in the fashion he has — when that is patently not the case. They are usually released after a suspect is in custody.
If Martinez continues to balk, the high court should clarify once and for all when such documents generally should be available.
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