Episode 276

R3D@CT3D!: A Biblical Look at Legal Secrecy

With the complaints about redacted documents leading to starting this new year with unsealing names in a Jeffrey Epstein case, Chelsea and I talk about the practice of redactions.

A lot of sensitive information must be redacted for the public to access court filings without endangering innocent people. But, can people and entities with power go too far?

Are we seeing a lot of excessive redactions to protect the guilty rather than the innocent?

The Bible teaches about divine redactions for those who believe the gospel. The finally wicked, however, will face the greatest unsealing of information in history!

Sources Cited:

Cambridge Dictionary, s.v. "redact (n.)," accessed January, 7, 2013.

"What does redacted mean in law?" One Legal, August 11, 2023.

"Federal Court Redaction Rules, Legal Compliance," CaseGuard, February 19, 2021.

Nick Schwellenbach and Sean Moulton, "The 'Most Abused' Freedom of Information Act Exemption Still Needs to Be Reined In," Project On Government Oversight, February 6, 2020.

"Classified or Coverup? The Effect of Redactions on Conspiracy Theory Beliefs," Cambridge University Press, August 1, 2016.

Marc Caputo, "'What are they hiding?': Group sues Biden and National Archives over JFK assassination records," NBC, October 19, 2022.

Scriptures Referenced:

Numbers 32:23

Psalm 51:9-10

Colossians 2:14

Ecclesiastes 12:14

Matthew 12:36-37

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