Thursday, June 22, 2017

Judge Won't Disclose Jurors' Addresses

By Walter F. Roche Jr.

A media motion to mandate the disclosure of jurors' home addresses in the case of a former drug company executives has been denied.
U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns today denied a motion by a Boston radio station to release the home addresses of the jurors who witnessed the 10-week trial of Barry J. Cadden earlier this year.
Radio station WBUR had sought the addresses in a motion filed earlier this week. Stearns already had agreed to release the jurors' names and home towns.
In the brief opinion Stearns said the public radio station's notion that it had a right to home addresses was "misplaced."
"In the turbulent times in which we now live, I would no more consider the public disclosure of a juror's home address than I would my own," Stearns wrote.
Under his previous order Stearns said he would release the jurors' names and hometowns after Cadden's sentencing, which is set for Monday.
Cadden, who was president and part owner of the New England Compounding Center, was convicted on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and mail fraud. He was acquitted on charges of second degree murder.
The now defunct NECC was blamed for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened some 778 patients including 77 who died.

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