The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday ordered a new trial for a man whose proceedings at the beginning of the pandemic were only accessible to the public via audio stream.

Judges Lawrence VanDyke, Sandra Ikuta and Carlos F. Lucero, sitting by designation, held that California man James Allen’s right to a public trial under the Sixth Amendment was violated when U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. rejected his request for the proceedings to be video-streamed, and permitted only audio access.

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