Anonymous juries

Grand jury secrecy comes at a cost

Tom Isler | Secret Courts | News | January 13, 2015
January 13, 2015

Two new lawsuits are challenging the continued secrecy of the grand jury investigations related to the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y. The suits demonstrate just how secret the information gathered by a grand jury is, while also making a compelling case for the public interest in greater access.

New Jersey court withholds juror names in murder trial

Jamie Schuman | Secret Courts | Feature | October 21, 2011
October 21, 2011

Deviating from normal procedure, a New Jersey federal court is not publicizing names and other personal information of jurors in a controversial murder trial that began this week.

In most criminal trials, the names and occupations of jurors are public. But in the trial of Paul Bergrin, a former defense lawyer who is charged with coordinating the 2004 murder of a confidential witness in a federal drug case against one of his clients, the judge veered from this practice after prosecutors argued that revealing jurors’ names could pose a safety risk.

Juror identities now public in Virginia Beach

Rory Eastburg | Secret Courts | Quicklink | December 8, 2009
December 8, 2009

Judges in Virginia Beach, Va., will no longer automatically seal juror names and will defer to a proposed statewide court rule that permits secrecy only for good cause, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

Virginia drops plan for anonymous juries

Rory Eastburg | Secret Courts | Feature | November 5, 2009
November 5, 2009

The Virginia Supreme Court has withdrawn a controversial proposal that would have automatically withheld the identities of jurors in all criminal cases, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Jury may be anonymous in Fla. turnpike murder case

Kathleen Cullinan | Secret Courts | Quicklink | January 5, 2009
January 5, 2009

Tampering and intimidation concerns may prompt a federal judge in Florida to seal juror names in the trial of two men accused of shooting a family to death on the side of a highway, according to Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.

Media has right to know who sits in the jury box, appellate court rules

Kathleen Cullinan | Secret Courts | Quicklink | August 4, 2008
August 4, 2008

A federal district court judge in Pennsylvania who agreed to seat an anonymous jury in a corruption trial was wrong to do so because the media has the right to know juror names, an appeals court has ruled.