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Open sealed settlement

Three years ago, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood settled a lawsuit against State Farm Insurance. He had investigated the company for not settling lawsuits against it by policy holders who were victims of Hurricane Katrina. That settlement was sealed. One more example of our government wanting to keep a deal hush, hush.

Raycom News Network, which includes WLOX, had reported that questions arose about the settlement. Questions like did Hood stop the criminal investigation against State Farm because now convicted lawyer Dickie Scruggs, his largest campaign contributor, would then get a huge settlement himself on suits he had against the company. Hood said no.

This is Sunshine Week in Mississippi, a time when media outlets here and across the country celebrate freedom of open government and freedom of information. A federal judge this week said New Media or Y'all Politics along with WLOX, WLBT AND WDAM of Raycom Media have the right to intervene and ask the court to open that closed deal between Hood and State Farm.

One more example of how it almost always takes federal courts to allow the real sunshine of openness in our state government.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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