Proceedings Should Be Open To Public and Media in Maxwell Criminal Case
Participated in an amicus letter (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in United States v. Ghislaine Maxwell, the criminal case against Maxwell. The letter opposes Maxwell’s request to seal the parties’ proposed juror questionnaire and proposed voir dire, a request to which the government consented. The letter also responds to Maxwell’s separate request for “individual sequestered juror voir dire.” The letter takes no position on the sequestration of potential jurors from the jury pool during questioning, but does note that voir dire is presumed open to the public. Both common law and the First Amendment afford the public a qualified right of access to criminal proceedings, and voir dire is a critical stage of such proceedings, the letter states.