CCLU News, SPRING 2003|
"Brown v. Damiani (U.S. District Court):
Our First Amendment challenge to a juvenile court gag order has been dismissed on standing grounds, without reaching the constitutional issues on public access to juvenile court proceedings. Our client, an Internet human rights journalist, had sought permission to interview a woman about alleged abuses by the Department of Children and Families in her case, and alleged unfair procedures in the Juvenile Court. A Superior Court judge had ruled she could not speak to any reporters or other third parties about what went on in court. We argued that protection of the identities of the individuals involved is a valid government purpose, but that it is not otherwise reasonable to hide the actions of DCF and the Juvenile Court from public view. This case raised important questions about the cloak of secrecy surrounding juvenile proceedings. We are now considering a broader challenge to open up Juvenile Court proceedings to the press and public.
Moy Ogilvie of Cummings & Lockwood assisted the CCLU as cooperating attorney."
CCLU report concerning Richard Damiani