Nash v. Lathrop

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In Nash v. Lathrop, 142 Mass. 29, 6 N.E. 559 (1886), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that public access to judicial opinions and statutes could not be limited. The Court explained:

It needs no argument to show that justice requires that all should have free access to the opinions, and that it is against sound public policy to prevent this, or to suppress and keep from the earliest knowledge of the public the statutes, the decisions and opinions of the Justices.