We urge the federal court in Utah to refrain from adopting a new rule that would close public access to any plea agreements that reveal whether a defendant is cooperating with authorities.The rule would strike at the heart of the public's right to know what has happened in a criminal case. It would diminish public trust in the judicial system and potentially lay the groundwork for abuse.
And it's unnecessary. The proposal addresses a fear that may be a mere chimera.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Plea deals may no longer be public in Utah
The Daily Herald argues why public access to plea agreements are necessary as well as why retaliation fears are exaggerated: