Local media outlets file joint motion to unseal documents in Bliefnick case

Members of the public, law enforcement, and family members wait for the judge to being the arraignment hearing Friday for Timothy Bliefnick.

Members of the public, law enforcement, and family members wait for the judge to begin the March 24 arraignment hearing for Timothy Bliefnick. - Media pool file photo

QUINCY, IL – Three companies representing media organizations in the Quincy/Hannibal/Keokuk market have filed a joint motion to unseal all motions in the murder case of Timothy Bliefnick. 

The Honorable Robert K. Adrian will hear the motion on April 19, 2023. 

“WGEM is proud to be part of this effort to keep our judicial system open for public review. We look forward to a swift resolution so that our organizations can continue our work to inform our viewers and readers about developments in this case that has shaken our community.”

John Ehrhart, WGEM News Director

“An open court system is imperative for maintaining trust in the judiciary. Locally, welcoming cameras in court proceedings has helped the public’s understanding of the judicial system. Accessible records and open court hearings improve that understanding. The Herald-Whig looks forward to having this issue adjudicated.”

Matt Hopf, Executive Editor, The Herald-Whig

“Muddy River News is proud to work with our fellow journalists to ensure the courts remain fully open for this case and others that will come later. A blanket sealing of records in any case sets the wrong precedent and is at cross purposes with the public trust.” 

J. Robert Gough, Publisher/General Manager, Muddy River News

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