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Hartford Courant wins appeal over secrecy in juvenile crimes – Tulsa World

The Hartford Courant triumphed Monday in its challenge to a Connecticut law sealing some juvenile court proceedings, including records in Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s murder case.

The 2nd U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said a 2019 Connecticut law that kept secret the identities of juveniles when their cases were transferred to adult court was written too broadly to be constitutional, and the First Amendment requires a presumption of disclosure in these instances unless it can be proven confidentiality is necessary.

The decision came in a lawsuit challenging the law filed by the newspaper and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

The three-judge appeals panel, in affirming a lower court judge’s decision last summer, said that wasn’t enough.

The state Supreme Court reinstated the murder conviction in 2016, but later reversed itself and overturned the conviction.

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