Ultimately, Knaizer suggests, Judge Spriggs may have to review the tapes himself to determine what gets cut. "You do have competing public-interest questions in this matter," he says. "I think Ms. Murphy has a legitimate concern about who's reviewing the regulators, but our concern is that we have a statute that says we have to protect the privacy interests of the [nursing home] residents."
Lynch, a former state Democratic Party leader who says he's since lost all interest in politics, hints that state officials may have other concerns about the case beyond the confidentiality issue--particularly now that Attorney General Norton is seeking the Republican nomination for Hank Brown's seat in the U.S. Senate. "The state cut a deal with the nursing home," he says. "It all went away, and we've got this woman running for Senate who doesn't want anybody to look at the record in this case, and I think that's outrageous."
Murphy says she has no interest in learning the names of Franklin Park residents, but she does want to know what went on in the hearings after she left--badly enough to keep fighting in court. "I'm 61 years old, a widow on a pension," she says. "My nonprofit is funded only by me. I don't have much, but I do know there's something here that needs to be told.