Criminal defense attorneys and a journalism advocacy group are criticizing a recent decision by South Florida federal courts to remove plea agreements from online court records.
According to several sources, the removal occurred due to concerns among federal judges nationwide about an Internet site, WhosaRat.com that publishes the plea agreements and names of informants and undercover agents. The Web site claims that by combing through state and federal court files, it has identified more than 4,000 informants and agents.
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