A judge has ordered the unsealing of court records in a 1994 lawsuit by Teresa Heinz Kerry and her sons in the airplane crash that killed her first husband, U.S. Sen. H. John Heinz III.
The judge ruled Friday that nearly all documents related to the case should be made public by Monday.
Attorneys for the Heinz family and estate appealed, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted Heinz Kerry's attorneys a stay that would keep the file closed until the court can review their appeal.
Philadelphia Newspapers, publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News, petitioned to have the records unsealed, arguing that Heinz Kerry could become first lady and the records might contain information in which the public might have an interest.
Heinz, 52, and six others were killed in 1991 when a helicopter collided with an airplane carrying the senator.
In 1995, Heinz Kerry married Sen. John F. Kerry, now the Democratic nominee for president.