Maine’s highest court reversed a trial judge's decision and ordered jury selection to be public in a notable prostitution prosecution.
“A generalized concern that juror candor might be reduced if [jury selection] is conducted in public is insufficient . . . to bar the public or media from the entirety of the process,” according to the majority opinion, written by Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley.
The trial court did not consider other less restrictive alternatives to closure that would still preserve the defendant’s rights, the opinion stated.