Case Conclusion Date: 01.24.2013
Practice Area: Constitutional
Outcome: Order barring Public From Voir Dire Process Vacated
Description: Upholding a constitutional challenge to a trial court’s order barring the public from the entirety of the voir dire process in a criminal trial, the Maine SJC remanded the matter for the trial court to conduct the remaining voir dire of the jury pool in a presumptively public manner, exercising its considerable discretion to prevent the dissemination of sensitive juror information. The public’s access to the jury selection that has already occurred was to be addressed, again at the court’s discretion, by the release of appropriately redacted transcripts.