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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessean newspaper and a group of media organizations from across the state want a Nashville judge to open records from the Department of Children's Services.
In court on Tuesday, media attorney Robb Harvey argued that state law requires the agency to disclose its files in cases where children have died or nearly died.
He said that seeing the records was the only way to know whether DCS is doing its job of protecting vulnerable children.
The state argued that the privacy of the children and their families overrides any public right to the records.
The Tennessean originally requested the records in September. DCS has disclosed extremely limited information.
Judge Carol McCoy said she would review the records and rule later.
The Associated Press is a party to the lawsuit
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