U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES THAT VOIR DIRE MUST BE OPEN TO PUBLIC

In a 7-2 vote on Jan. 19th, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a criminal defendant’s right to a public trial covers the process of jury selection.  The Justices said in the Georgia case, Preston v. Jordan, that a screening of jurors should be open to the public.

The court said some situation may require the closing of jury selection for national security and public safety.  Scalia and Thomas dissented.

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