DOVER, Del. — The Delaware attorney general’s office has agreed to withdraw proposed legislation that would allow authorities to keep the names of crime victims and witnesses secret.
The bill would have allowed authorities to refer to victims or witnesses only by initials or pseudonyms in police reports, indictments and other court documents. Those records would be exempt from public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
After representatives of the media and the state public defender’s office expressed concerns about the legislation, Attorney General Beau Biden’s office agreed this week to pull it from consideration by the legislature this year.
Sen. Patricia Blevins, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that Biden’s office needs to significantly narrow the bill before bringing it back up with lawmakers.