In a ruling that could have far-reaching effects on the handling of high-profile trials, the 3rd Circuit has ruled that the media has a presumptive right of access to jurors' names, and that a federal judge erred when he sought to empanel an anonymous jury in a former coroner's corruption trial. A lengthy dissent said the ruling "effectively creates a new constitutional right" and "sets a precedent of permitting our court to micro-manage trial procedures established by the district courts."
3rd Circuit Rules Media Has Right to Juror Names
The Legal Intelligencer
August 4, 2008