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United States v. Hickey, 767 F.2d 705 (10th Cir. 1985), cert. denied, 474 U.S. 1022 (1985). Defendant not entitled to see sealed plea bargain of witness scheduled to testify in his case because of concerns for witness safety. Common law right to access court records does not extend to sealed plea bargain and separate court file of co-conspirator.
United States v. Gonzales, 150 F.3d 1247 (10th Cir. 1998). Press has no common law, First Amendment, or statutory right of access to fee, cost, and expense applications and related information filed by court-appointed criminal defense attorneys or to any transcripts of hearings and court orders concerning those applications under the Criminal Justice Act. Subject to certain conditions, the court may permit the inspection of fee application forms without supporting background documents upon completion of sentencing.