The conviction of a drug dealer has been overturned because a judge said the defendant’s relatives could not be present for the testimony of an undercover narcotics officer unless they were blocked from seeing the officer by a screen.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals directed that a petition for a writ of habeas corpus be granted to defendant Jose Rodriguez because the restriction placed on the trial attendance of his mother and brother violated the Sixth Amendment right to a public trial.

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