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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 2, 2014

Hamilton County Commissioner Jim Fields is mum on whether he is seeking to replace Clerk and Master Lee Akers. But the state's attorney general has helped to shed some light on the subject, the Times Free Press reports. Chancellors Frank Brown and Jeffery Atherton unsealed Fields' application and 16 others Friday, after they said Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr. told them he would have a hard time defending their decision to seal public documents. The judges responded to inquiries, saying, "Although our opinion concerning the operative law and analysis differs from that of the attorney general, because the attorney general would defend us in any lawsuit, we have agreed to follow his recommendation to make the applications public."