Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Private Investigator News: Jurors’ privacy rights collide with press, public’s right to know in high-profile cases

"When anonymous jurors begin hearing Barry Bonds’ perjury trial this week, they can credit their privacy partly to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The judge in Bonds’ case in San Francisco, Susan Illston, alluded to the media crush at Blagojevich’s first corruption trial in Chicago in ruling she’d keep jurors’ names secret until after a verdict.

She cited Judge James Zagel’s decision to protect Blagojevich jurors from what he called media “harassment.”

It rekindles a dilemma in high-profile trials: How should judges balance jurors’ right to privacy with the public’s right to know?"

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