RI newspaper files federal complaint over juror contact case
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island newspaper has taken its First Amendment case against a judge who prevented reporters from contacting jurors to federal court.
The Providence Journal reports the paper filed a complaint last week asking a federal judge to clarify issues concerning a reporter’s access to jurors.
Judge Netti Vogel had previously said she doesn’t allow people to contact jurors before lifting the ban last month.
Vogel presided over the murder trial of Jorge DePina, who was convicted in April of killing his 10-year-old daughter.
The Providence Journal is asking a federal judge block Vogel from stopping members of the media from contacting jurors after a trial. The paper also asks that jury cards and jury pool lists remain public.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com