National Rife Association v. Bondi

September 28, 2018

The Reporters Committee and 21 media organizations filed an amicus brief in support of Defendants-Appellees after the National Rifle Association and two anonymous individual plaintiffs appealed the district court's denial of plaintiffs' petition to permit the anonymous individual plaintiffs to proceed in the litigation under pseudonyms. The amicus brief argues that permitting the two individual plaintiffs to proceed using pseudonyms would hinder the ability of the press to report on this case because maintaining their anonymity would likely require the court to redact or seal filings and/or close the courtroom during proceedings, contrary to the presumptions of public access guaranteed by both the First Amendment and common law.