Monday, May 31, 2010

Judge limits news on 'juvie' rape trial

A Stanislaus judge recently limited media access to the trial of two teenagers accused of sexually assaulting another teen at the county juvenile hall, the Sacramento Bee reported May 22.
Judge Nan Cohan Jacobs was asked by the district attorney’s office to exclude the media to guard the privacy of the 17-year-old victim. The Bee — which is not identifying the victim or suspects because of the nature of the charges and their age — argued the trial should remain open with minor restrictions.

“He’s a vulnerable young man,” Jacobs said of the victim in announcing her decision. ...More@SacBee
It seems judges are getting as high-handed about excluding the press from public trials as street cops are getting arrogant about arresting people who record them in the midst of wrong-doing.


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