Hinckley Allen Represents Hartford Courant in First Amendment CaseDecember 11, 2019
Hinckley Allen attorney William S. Fish, Jr. along with the Hartford Courant and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, recently filed suit in U.S. District Court in regards to a new Connecticut law that may violate speech and open government rights of the press and public. The law restricts the rights “of members of the press and the public to attend criminal proceedings and inspect judicial records in criminal cases.” Called the Juvenile Transfer Act, the law (which became effective October 1st, 2019) would close courtrooms and keep records secret when some teenagers are charged with serious felonies. The suit also argues that the new transfer law cannot be construed as creating another category of secret, juvenile delinquency proceedings.
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