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Connections: Unsealing records in the Nojay case

Dec 29, 2016

When Assemblyman Bill Nojay killed himself on the morning of September 9th, he was supposed to be in federal court for the unsealing of a criminal complaint against him. His death could have caused that record to remain sealed, and in fact, some of Nojay's supporters argued that there was no longer a reason for the public to see it. But the Democrat & Chronicle disagreed, and filed a motion to have the record unsealed.  

Eventually a judge ruled in their favor, and that's how the public came to understand what the Assemblyman was charged with doing: illegally misdirecting and misusing $800,000 from a client's account. Nojay was an attorney who managed the escrow account for a local architect.

Our guests discuss why they pushed to have the records unsealed, and the general matter of making sure public records remain accessible by the public. In studio:

  • Gary Craig, Democrat & Chronicle reporter
  • Dick Moss, Democrat & Chronicle News Director
  • Chris Thomas, attorney with Nixon Peabody who represented the D&C in this case