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Appeals Court: Don’t Let Security Measures Jeopardize Fair Trial

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· Story link The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said federal courts need to more closely supervise the U.S.…

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The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said federal courts need to more closely supervise the U.S. Marshals Service to make sure it is not restricting public access in the name of security. While upholding the decision in a criminal case, the appeals court said, “We believe the district court erred in assuming that a defendant’s Sixth Amendment rights cannot be violated unless a court itself restricts courtroom access.” (10/25/05)