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SR Gains Access to Victims’ Names in Catholic Scandal

Item: Computer snafu reveals victims' names/John Stucke, Spokesman-Review

More Info: Extraordinary measures ordered to protect the identity of victims in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane bankruptcy have been undermined because of a technical gaffe that allows people to easily view victims’ names in records online. The names of more than 50 victims appear in court records filed on the electronic docket of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Eastern Washington. SR Position: The Spokesman-Review will not publish the names of victims based on the information it discovered online, said Spokesman-Review Managing Editor Gary Graham. The newspaper has protected the information it was able to gather due to the technical failure.

Question: How important is it to you that the SR is pretty aggressive in trying to gain access to public records?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.



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