Paul Berger reports:
Final arguments will be made before a federal appeals court on Monday regarding whether a list of people suspected of — but not charged with — involvement in the politically motivated closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge should be released to the public.
Read more on NorthJersey.com.
Even if you don’t care about “Bridgegate” as a political scandal in New Jersey, this is actually a good case to watch in terms of what courts will make public and what they won’t – and why. In the past, I once tried, as media, to get confirmation/release of an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal matter. I got nowhere, but then, I didn’t have a bunch of media outlets and big law firms helping me try to make the case for disclosure.
And John Doe actually has an interesting (to me, anyway) argument: if his name is released, his reputation is tarnished because he does not have a chance to actually defend himself against the government’s claim that he was a co-conspirator.