Editorial Questions Blackwood's Secrecy

In an editorial, the News Sentinel says that Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood has shown "a disturbing propensity for secrecy in dispensing justice" and that matters related to the Christian/Newsom murder cases should not be decided in secret. Blackwood had cited the paper in emails referring to the "prying eyes of the media" and that he had "grown weary over the last several months with the number of legal experts that are associated with the mass media here in Knox County." The paper questions Blackwood's fitness to serve and says that "court proceedings and documents, with few exceptions, must be open to the public to protect the rights of defendants, the interests of the people and the integrity of the judicial system."