#Justice Department attorneys are urging a #judge to keep secret new developments in the Chandra Levy murder mystery.
In a four-page filing dated Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret J. Chriss reminded D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald I. Fisher that his secrecy orders have already been appealed by defense attorneys. Until the D.C. Court of Appeals rules, Chriss argues, Fisher has no reason to hear a similar plea for open proceedings filed by attorneys representing media organizations.
The defense attorneys and the media organizations both seek access to hearings concerning new developments potentially undermining the credibility of a prosecution witness. Chriss argued that because of the pending appeal, the judge should simply cancel a hearing set for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Let the appeals court decide, she reasons.
Chriss further argued that there is "substantial evidence" that "compelling interests would be harmed" if the court proceedings were to be opened.
In their own 15-page filing on behalf of McClatchy and other media organizations, attorneys with WilmerHale law firm argue for public access to trial proceedings.